Below is a review of ‘Truth & Faith’ from Unpeeled.net….
FISH FROM A DIFFERENT BEACH
THE WORDS “TRUTH AND FAITH” (PHOENIX RECORDS)
RELEASED? 31st October.
SOUNDS LIKE? Traditional, as opposed to to dated, outdated or copyist rock n blues. See, I’m trying to write this in a sensible and informative way, maybe noting that ramming Sex Pistols through Squeeze hasn’t been tried before, but The Words are unhelpfully racing and raging through ‘Fag’ and it’s difficult to stop battering the desk in a pathetic attempt to pretend that I’m already in the band.
So, we’ll fall back on the old snapshot review style… The Words are adults. The Words have been shaving, shaping, playing, smashing, hating and loving this material for longer than is good for them, but fuck ‘em, we came for the noise. The Words drift endlessly and effortlessly from cellar bar to stadium, from funked up punk to knockabout acoustic (“Demons”) campfire Beatle knock-off. The Words are lovely. The Words are a proper band. The Words have heard some Small Faces singles. The Words do some kind of magical, math-pop thing with “Head Over Heels”, that’s the one where Jamie T joins the Beach Boys. The Words are still lovely, buy their records. We haven’t even touched on the instantly accessible stuff like “Time”. The Words enunciate their percussion with delicacy, care and violence. The Words bring Manchester to France for “Under The Sun”. The Words are sneaky fuckers, lots of little riffs, fills and even techie touches decorating the mixes. The Words really are a proper band, that’s stressed because we get so few of them, it’s easy to slap the word ‘The’ in front of a random noun, get some unfeasible haircuts and whine over a backbeat for three minutes and we have shedloads of that, but… The Words are a real band, a real band with songs of genuine quality, songs that probably didn’t start life as even ‘passable’, but songs that, having gone through the real band process, emerge as excellent, compelling, honed, but still fresh or raw.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Oh, go on, take a whack at it.
WHERE IS IT? www.thewordsmusic.co.uk