â€œWeightâ€ is a bit of country music that plays on a number of different movements in that genre. What results is a track that has a little bit of Reba McEntire, pieces of Shania Twain, and even a little Stevie Nicks at the periphery. â€œBonny Callâ€ removes some of the country that was present in this introduction and brings Matsonâ€™s unique style to a wider array of listeners. Throwing in a little bit of folk, â€œBonny Callâ€ relies not on the instrumentation but rather Matsonâ€™s voice itself to create the catchy harmonies that are dominant during the track.
The title track to â€œTruth Be Toldâ€ has a decidedly more contemporary type of sound than either of the two beginning tracks, as Matsonâ€™s vocals take on a more Linda Perry type of sound for the track. Where most artists would require a heavy, omnipresent type of instrumentation to make their vocals palatable, Matsonâ€™s vocals shine brightest when the instrumentation recedes. Matsonâ€™s vocals are something special, and if the album was nothing but them, I think we would have the initial offering for a new direction of music.
By mooring her vocals to the instrumentation, as is done to great effect during mid-disc tracks like â€œThe World Turns â€˜Roundâ€ and â€œMy Baby Babyâ€, Matson lies down the foundation for this new style of music in a way that listeners can appreciate. â€œIllusionâ€ spins things in a slightly different way; the folk style first broached during â€œBonny Callâ€ is converted into an homage of the style that was oh so common during the sixties. The track works on â€œTruth Be Toldâ€ because Matson and all involved are that talented, creating a better type of folk music than was present during that period. Where each of the tracks on the album are solid in their own right, I cannot help but think that seeing Matson live would showcase yet another bit of the richness that is present on this disc. See Matson in all forms, to gain a proper appreciation for the impressive style of music that she fosters throughout the entirety of â€œTruth Be Toldâ€.
Top Tracks: The World Turns â€˜Round, Truth Be Told
Ronda Matson â€“ Truth Be Told / 2009 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.rondamatson.com