The album starts off with “What the Night Brings” an upbeat string heavy song. It’s a really cool song to start off the collection and set the tone for the album. Next up is the title track, “Simple Truth,” a fun song about watching simple things become complicated.
“Fiddling Around” is exactly what the title would suggest: a very fiddle-heavy song with a very old-time bluegrass feel. The lyrics play with the words “fiddling around,” with an amorous connotation.
The next standout track was “Over and Over” (Official YouTube Audio at bottom). Austin sings about missing the one that got away. “Picture me in a cold dark room[…]it would be a lie to say I don’t see your eyes over and over again and again.” Along with “Scrapbook Pages,” this is one of two favorite tracks on the album. Austin does a great job of letting his voice and the music convey the desperation of the loss the narrator of the song feels.
Austin’s vocals will take some getting used to. His voice is very unique, but after the first few tracks, it should grow on you. Musically, the album maintains a very bluegrass feel throughout with fiddles and banjos prevalent in many of the tracks.
Overall, I was very impressed with the album. Will it be one I feel the need to revisit on a regular basis? Certain tracks, such as “Over and Over” and “Scrapbook Pages” are ones I will definitely return to on a regular basis. Others I may find myself more willing to skip. But this is definitely an album you should take the time to check out.