The only regret with True is that there isn’t more.
Standout track Losing You is a near-perfect pop song; heartbreak clenched between syncopated claps and a shrieking sample backing. Solange's voice is confident, serene, brimming with verisimilitude in every word uttered. It's refreshing to hear a pop female vocalist who isn't simpering under whispers and vocal undulations that lead nowhere. The dark Lovers In The Parking Lot speaks volumes of Solange's range, working her way from the peak of head register down as she laments young love gone awry with lines like “I played around with your heart/Now I'm playing around in the dark”.
True pulses with a languid energy, urging the listener to dance with the mid-tempo pace and jagged guitar riffs on Don't Let Me Down, or to sway casually to the hushed undertones of Look Good With Trouble. Again, Hynes' footprints are visible everywhere, in the production quality and mixing. He provides backing vocals throughout, most prominently on Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work, where his hypnotising spoken word gives added depth to the record as a whole.
Clocking in at under a half hour, the only regret with True is that there isn't more.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.