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Trust Company Dreaming In Black And White Album Review

6 December 2010 4 Comments

By: A. Estes

The album CD cover for Dreaming In Black And White by Trust Company on E1 Music

As quickly as TRUSTcompany were thrust into the spotlight, they seemed to disappear even quicker. After making a significant splash with their 2002 Geffen debut, “The Lonely Position of Neutral,” the band landed high-profile gigs and heavy rotation on MTV and rock radio alike. Sadly, things didn’t pan out so well in the years to come. 2005 saw the release of their second album, “True Parallels,” after being shelved by the label for a year. The album was more or less dumped into stores with little to no support. As a result, TRUSTcompany went quietly into that good night later that year. A few years went by, and after cooler heads prevailed, the band reunited in 2007, self-funded and without the burden of a major label. The fruit of their reunion, the long-awaited “Dreaming in Black and White,” available in 2011, finds the band barely missing a beat.

The first thing you’ll notice upon listening to this album is just how good it sounds. The production (done by Chuck Alzakian) is top-notch and truly captures the spirit of the band. If any criticism could be laid on either of the previous albums, it’s that they were a bit overproduced and homogenized. For the first time, TRUSTcompany sound exactly as they should, with the dual fret-work of James Fukai and frontman Kevin Palmer at the forefront supported by a bombastic rhythm section (including yet another new bassist, Wes Cobb) that will no doubt dominate the most expensive and elaborate soundsystems as well as the cheapest and tiniest earbuds. To put it bluntly, this is the first TRUSTcompany record with balls.

The album opens with the rocking “Close Your Eyes (‘til it’s Over)” which is 100% pure TRUSTcompany. Everything that made the band who they were remains intact and they have never sounded this fresh and energized. Later cuts such as “Reverse and Remember” and “Almost There” – the latter of which features an uncharacteristic but utterly cool guitar solo – expand upon what’s already been heard while still staying true to the band’s core sound. The title track along with the album’s first single, “Heart in My Hands,” are the obvious singles without being too obvious in their composition. Here we have classic TRUSTcompany tracks that show the band hasn’t lost their edge creatively or commercially. Unfortunately, the album falls short of perfection with the inclusion of a few duds. The band’s tendency to dip into sappy power-ballad cheese the likes of “Letting Go” and “Alone Again” doesn’t do their comeback any favors and sound like the sort of stuff the band’s previous label would have forced their hand in writing. These moments would surely have been better left on the cutting room floor and the album as a whole would have been the better for it.

Aside from a few minor kinks, “Dreaming in Black and White” is a solid and successful comeback from a band that always deserved better. Those who remember the band circa 2002 will be happy to find that they still sound great after all these years, while those who have spun the band’s two previous records to death will find just enough variety and variation to make this third effort worthwhile. Even though it falls short of perfection, TRUSTcompany’s third album proves the old adage that the third time is the charm. “Dreaming in Black and White” is without a doubt the band’s finest album to date and with enough push, will do well to reinstate the band as the premier sensitive-guy hard-rock outfit. Here’s hoping it won’t be another 5-6 years before we hear new music from the band.

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4 Comments »

  • 1942 said:

    I saw them live opening that MTV arena tour with Korn and Disturbed. Also saw them headline Irving Plaza. Great live. LPoN was OK. Only balls out track was Downfall. TP as a whole was better but never got a push.

    I listened to the 30 second samples of this and I’m impressed. Don’t know how many care in 2010 though.

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  • Oscar said:

    @1942: Good point. I don’t think the name holds value this decade but people did care. These dudes caught the short end of the stick. I’m curious to hear this and hope Kevin’s vocals are not overproduced.

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  • Adam said:

    I love Trust Company, and was really excited for their new album this past Tuesday, February 8th, just like their website says!!! But I couldnt find it anywhere and then I see it’s out March 8th, come on guys, you can’t get it right on your own website? Or at least change it?? Still can’t wait to hear the new album, but man, talk about blue balling.

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  • Echo said:

    I really like the album, it’s my favorite so far this year. Granted it was one of my most anticipated for the past few years. I just hope their new label gives it a push

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