I love this album! I had not heard of Trust Company before they released the single “Stronger”, but I loved it so I decided to buy their cd True Parallels. It was definitely money well spent! I can’t stop listening to that cd. All of the songs are great! Trust Company really pulls off that whole loud/soft mix with the rockin’ guitars and drums one moment and then softer guitar and drums the next. Some of my favorite songs on this album are “Crossing the Line”, “Fold”, “Surfacing”, and “Retina” (the hidden track). I also really liked the enhanced cd features. Overall, this is a GREAT cd and I recommend it to everyone! So go out and pick up a copy of it, you won’t be sorry!!!!
Uriah Heep has often been referred as ”one of the greatest bands from the ’70s” and have released 21 studio albums, all the while remaining faithful to their loyal and long standing fanbase. Paying tribute to their 40 year history, The Heep decided to look back to their past without melancholy or nostalgia with ”Celebration”, re-recording 12 of their classics and introducing two new ones.
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I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, for the last 3 years waiting for this uber-delayed CD. Their previous effort, The Lonely Position of Neutral, still maintains quality playtime on my MP3 player and CD changer alike. I was always amazed that TRUSTCompany never got very well-known…they certainly have the talent. Their second album, True Parallels, is a CD that is just as good as, and at times better than, their original. People new to the band have complained about things like all their songs sounding the same, or that they are not original enough. First off, I will admit that a few of the songs on here DO, in fact, sound similar. Not all, but some. There is no disputing that The War Is Over does not sound like, say, Without A Trace or Silently. Sonds like The Reflection, Fold, Erased, and Breaking Down do sound similar. But you know what? I am a fan of TRUSTCompany for their music first and variety second, so I don’t really care that one amazing song sounds like another amazing song. They are all great.
The two standout aspects of this CD would have to be the vocals and the guitar. Kevin’s voice is just as hauntingly soothing (and loud at times) as before, and the backups provide an excellent rock harmony. The guitar, which was not present on the previous CD nearly as much, is perfect. The melodic licks added to songs like The War Is Over, Silently, Someone Like You and Retina make the already excellent songs that much better. TRUSTCompany rock you with thumping beats and heavy guitar, while at the same time providing a singer whose voice is beautifully unique and a melody that simply makes the music delightful to hear. These guys should get a lot more credit, and a lot more exposure.
While I like just about every song on the CD, my favorites are the ones that are of the slightly new style. The War Is Over is by far the best song on there. Stronger, Surfacing, Silently, Slave, Erased, The Relfection, Fold…all great songs. Not a big fan of Without A Trace of Someone Like You, but I don’t skip them either. Overall, if you liked The Lonely Position of Neutral, get this CD. If you’ve never heard of TRUSTCompany before, you might want to check that one out first…if you like it, by all means get this CD too. You won’t be disaapointed.
Ok, i think that if you liked the first Trust Company CD, you will definitely enjoy this one. I honestly dont think that there is anything bad about it. Definitely a good CD to add to your collection! Keep on rockin’ Trust Company!
Trust Company made us wait 3 years for “True Parallels”, the long-awaited follow-up to the promising 1st album “The Lonely Position of Neutral”. Had I known this would be the finished product, I would’ve waited 10 years.
This album showcases TC’s unique sound and incredible talent. The lyrics are magnificent and can be related to by everyone. This is the best album of the decade. I would even go as far as saying this is the best album I have ever heard (although to be fair, I’m only 18).
1. Stronger (A. The lead single provides a catchy tune with some very inspirational lyrics.)
2. The War is Over (A+. Maybe the song of the year. If you ever want to see what makes Trust Company different from every other hard rock band, listen to this song.)
3. Surfacing (A-. The hits keep on coming…)
4. Slave (B. Finally, the album hits the “B” level. This isn’t as catchy as the 1st 3 songs but is an excellent “album filler song”.)
5. Fold (B-. This is the low point through 5 tracks. Unbeliveable.)
6. The Reflection (A-. For some reason, I think this song could get Trust Co. a lot of airplay if it became a single. It seems to be a lot like other rock songs, yet it still has the unique Trust Company sound.)
7. Breaking Down (C. The 1st bleh song of the album.)
8. Someone Like You (B-. This song is a nice complement to the hard stuff on the rest of the album.)
9. Crossing the Line (B+. Even nicer complement to the hard stuff on this album.)
10. Silently (D+. We’ll give them a mulligan on this one. Just too boring.)
11. Erased (A-. This song has my favorite lyrics of the album. This is a good song to listen too if you are feeling down on yourself and want to calm yourself down.)
12. Without a Trace (C. Slightly better than Silently, but still way below par when compared to the rest of the album.)
41. Retina (B+. The album’s hidden track that is buried as track #41 on the CD. I’d love to know why this didn’t make the CD. Another great song with a catchy tune and very inspirational lyrics.)
This is an album everyone should get. There is no other band like Trust Company out there. If you like rock music or alternative music, this album is a must. I just hope we don’t have to wait 3 years for Trust Company’s 3rd album.
Trustcompany had a really good debut behind them in 2002, and after they kind of fell off the radar I was worried that they would never return. However, three years later, the band has re-emerged with a new bassist and stronger than ever before. In the tradition of their debut, “The Lonely Position Of Neutral,” “True Parallels” is a solid collection of catchy sensitive alternative/hard-rock tunes, with some songs standing out more than others.
Not much has changed, musically, with the band, hell, they even used the same producer, Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Lo-Pro) that handled their debut. But I guess that’s a good thing. They had already pretty much established their sound on the debut, and this album just keeps running with it. Vocalist Kevin Palmer’s voice seems to be the only slight variation. I noticed his voice doesn’t sound as weak as it did at times before, which is definitely a plus. Despite his limitations, he’s very distinct and sings with conviction, something missing from a lot of modern rock out there. “Stronger,” the first single starts up the album very well, much in the same vein as “Downfall” (and if you listen closely you can hear Douglas Robb of Hoobastank in the background). However, the next track, “The War Is Over” is probably the best song out of the bunch – and is one of two tracks (“Stronger” being the other) produced by Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Hoobastank). Despite the title, it’s not politically motivated. Rather, it sets the lyrical tone for the album, a positive message set to a very catchy and layered musical backdrop. If I had to guess, I’d say they’re gonna put this song out as the second single. The rest of the album takes on the same positive vibe that the first two songs set. Whereas the first album was based around heartache and confusion, “True Parallels” seems based on the clarity that comes after realizing you can make it on your own. “Fold” and “Breaking Down” are excellent, straight-forward rock anthems, while “Without A Trace” features acoustic guitars (a first for Trustco.) and serves as a perfect wrap-up to the album (also, it bears some subtle resemblance to the outstanding Danny Lohner remix of “Hover”). The only song on here that isn’t so great, though, is “Someone Like You.” It just seems too desperate and ready for radio. Plus the lyrics leave much to be desired. If you’ve ever heard the b-side “Today,” you know that they can handle ballads a little better than this. But despite the one mistep, the other 11 songs are all well done — there’s even a secret song, on track 41 (a reference to the group’s old name, 41Down), that’s just as good as the rest of the album.
I guess what it all boils down to, is if you liked the debut, you’re gonna love this. I can’t imagine anyone who liked them before not liking this. It takes a few listens to fully absorb, but then again, so do most great albums. Plus, it’s dirt cheap in most places, so what more do I have to say to convince you?