10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 1999 set Cold Hard Truth boasts a clean, no-frills sound and exceptionally strong material. Keith Stegall’s production takes the country veteran back to his honky tonk roots, avoiding studio gloss in favor of twang-laden guitars, wailing fiddles, and a crisp rhythm section. Jones rises to the occasion to deliver engaged performances full of heartache, knowing humor, and hard-won wisdom. “Choices”—steeped in old-fashioned morality and gospel tunefulness—became a Top 40 country hit and earned Jones a GRAMMY® for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Even better is the Jamie O’Hara–penned title track, a merciless slice of self-condemnation delivered with an aching edge. From lovelorn ballads like “Our Bed of Roses” and “This Wanting You” to playful rockers like “Sinners & Saints” and “Ain’t Love a Lot Like That,” Jones reconnects with the vigor of his early days. “When the Last Curtain Falls” closes on a note of forgiveness and reconciliation that speaks to Jones’ own turbulent life. Cold Hard Truth is a standout country album on its own terms, as well as a moving late-career statement by a true living legend.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The 1999 set Cold Hard Truth boasts a clean, no-frills sound and exceptionally strong material. Keith Stegall’s production takes the country veteran back to his honky tonk roots, avoiding studio gloss in favor of twang-laden guitars, wailing fiddles, and a crisp rhythm section. Jones rises to the occasion to deliver engaged performances full of heartache, knowing humor, and hard-won wisdom. “Choices”—steeped in old-fashioned morality and gospel tunefulness—became a Top 40 country hit and earned Jones a GRAMMY® for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Even better is the Jamie O’Hara–penned title track, a merciless slice of self-condemnation delivered with an aching edge. From lovelorn ballads like “Our Bed of Roses” and “This Wanting You” to playful rockers like “Sinners & Saints” and “Ain’t Love a Lot Like That,” Jones reconnects with the vigor of his early days. “When the Last Curtain Falls” closes on a note of forgiveness and reconciliation that speaks to Jones’ own turbulent life. Cold Hard Truth is a standout country album on its own terms, as well as a moving late-career statement by a true living legend.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

J. Martin ,

The Man!

Now this is country music. You can’t go wrong with Mr. Jones! :)

JasonMarks ,

Legendary Honky Tonk.

Exceptional music from an untouchable legend. This is probably my favorite album. His vocal range for being a guy in the business over 50 years, when this was recorded and around 70's, is spot on the money. Its a treat every time I hit the button.

PS12. ,

Pop ?

Don't get it either the possum was pure country !!!

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