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Kevin Costner & Modern West “Untold Truths” Universal South

Posted by on November 25, 2008 in Album Reviews - 3 Comments

By Kyle McCraw

When I heard that Kevin Costner was releasing an album, I gotta admit, I was skeptical. It turns out Costner has been playing with Modern West member John Coinman since the late-80s. And that is exactly what this sounds like: a country rock album from the late-80s (For whatever reason, production-wise, the album reminded me specifically of Don Henley’s The End of the Innocence – not country, but from the late 80s.).

But to Costner and his band’s credit, they are a competent country rock band. The problem is that this record does not show them to be any more than that. It’s really not a bad listen; I even found myself tapping my feet a few times. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here that’s very compelling (with lines like, “Thumbs up, thumbs down. That’s the world that we’re living in now” and, “I wish I may. I wish I might. It’s going to be another long hot night,” how could it be?).

If you like the genre and you’re looking for an album to play in the background without thinking about it, this will fit the bill. But, if you’re looking for something that rises above the fray, look elsewhere.

 

Kevin Costner & Modern West "Untold Truths"

Kevin Costner & Modern West "Untold Truths"

About the author

Little Rock, AR I grew up listening to a lot of country music with my parents, but part of my rebellion was musical. After spending a lot of time in hard rock, metal, rap, indie rock, jazz and even an obsession with early-mid 70’s Stevie Wonder, I made my way back to country. Really there were always artists like Bill Mallonee and Neil Young that I was listening to in the interim, but it took a while to get back to guys like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Lefty Frizzell. Today, my interests are primarily in the roots/americana/country/southern rock area of things. Favorite Band/Artist: Drive-by Truckers

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3 Comments

  1. Kassy Clem
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Kevin Costner has “star” quality. He just moves on stage a little bit, and the sex appeal is right there! This, combined with an A-List band, and incredible guest violinists, makes this band entirely entertaining. I listened to Joe Yoakam, or whatever his name is, and I found him shabby compared to ol’ Kev. He might not have the best voice, but it has rich tones, and he’s very charismatic and entertaining. Also, whosever writes his songs, there’s where the real dynamic energy is! Have fun, Kev! Love and Light, KC

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    Posted January 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

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  3. CHERI SCHUYLER+{COLORFUL THUNDER}
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 11:59 am

    :)

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