In 1993 Aaron Hall, the former member of the New Jack Swing group Guy, released his debut album "The Truth" following the disbandment of them in 1991. With Teddy Riley and Timmy Gatlin both having done their solo thing earlier, he felt it was himself to do the same and show that his work alone is as good a quality.
2. "Do Anything"
To get you into the feel of Aaron Hall's music, and to find what the man is about you have him on some beats which show that he is taking heavy influence from the sounds which were prominent in the type of club tunes which Hip Hop was producing at the time and so with him singing at his best, the combination of this and the fly beats mean that it appeals to all audiences; male and female.
3. "Open Up"
As we advance further into this album you have him going for more of the type of thing which made him famous with sample-rich production which takes from classic Funk, it definitely sounds like a development form the type of thing he, and others did in the peak of New Jack Swing with it a bit more jazzy and sophisticated that the type of thing which was heard then.
4. "Get A Little Freaky With Me"
The beats suddenly get freaky in this one and it appears that he could resist taking it back to the jingling Swingbeat days of R&B in this one, and I have to say that at this point, it doesn't make much difference to me, as although it could have sounded a little outdated in 1993, it still sounds fresh here, and it translate into one of the best offerings which this album has in the track listings.
5. "Pick Up The Phone"
This appear to continue through this one as it sounds as if the type of beats which you get on this one were the type of thing which would have been worked by Bobby Brown a couple of years prior to this, and it appears that he really knows what he's doing with ti because in spite of the fact that the lyrics focus on him having a bad day, the grooves and the way he sings it makes it work and have you moving to it all too.
6. "Don't Be Afraid"
This is the original to what you will hear more of, and in this case you have him going a track which is clearly post-New Jack Swing in the fact that the beats to it take on all the type of thing which you got from R&B between 1988 and 1991, but done in a much more relaxed manner to make it fit in with the changing times and trends.
7. "Until I Found You"
Things take a dramatic shift in this song as you hear this one opening up you have it all done in a sow manner to try and fit in with the type of thing which other great R&B acts were at the time, but it is a teaser as it soon goes back to the up-tempo stuff again, but with this slower tempo production still running through it, it is quite confused and holds it back as he goes through a transitional period. It felt tha tit was done quite well and if you give it a chance, you will probably enjoy it.
8. "You Keep Me Crying" (Lude)
9. "Don't Be Afraid" (Lude)
10. "Don't Be Afraid" (Remix)
Following a short interlude which features violins, a rarity in R&B of this time, you have him lead you into a track which uses the same sort of thing as he takes on the earlier material and slows it right down. It is amazing that when he takes the Swing out and inputs different backing, the whole meaning of the lyrics switch on their head instantly. It is done well and shows his vocals at their full potential.
11. "Let's Make Love"
The content of this song is obvious when you look at the title, and when you consider that this dropped around the time when R. Kelly did "Sex Me", Silk had "Freak Me" and H-Town gained success with "Knockin' Da Boots" it was just the time for sensual love songs in R&B and Aaron Hall really does his thing in this one to show that he's just as good as those big names in the game.
12. "When You Need Me"
In light of the fact that the start of the album was so fast-paced, you know that after the last one, you would have more of the same sort of slow and gentle songs from him, and it allows him to show just how good an artist he is. The hard slaps in this one prevent it from falling into the predictable stuff and gets him doing a tune to show that he is able to please his woman with lots of little things.
13. "I Miss You"
On this one we have him move on to the ballad things, and this was obviously going to be the next development when you saw the way the material was going. I felt that as he had eased you through the material in this manner, you are much more capable of connecting with it, and it meant that I felt him as he went at it herd.
14. "Until The End Of Time"
The final proper tune one this album has him going for something mid-tempo to reflect the overall sound of the album, and it seems as though he has done a tune which sounds as if we are coming towards the conclusion of it all as he just lets out all the remaining love which he didn't get to expel in stages prior to it.
I have to say that this is a very good album from Aaron Hall and I can't see where anyone can fault it. I thought that it was ordered perfectly to get you to follow his progression a s he goes through all the various side of R&B, and all of those which were popular at the time.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Prologue (Aaron Hall/The Truth) - Aaron Hall, Vassal Benford
2 Do Anything - Aaron Hall, Louil Silas Jr., Vassal Benford, Victor Flores
3 Open Up - Aaron Hall, Gary G-Wiz, Hank Shocklee, James Henry Boxley III, Keith Shocklee, Kevin Thomas, Scott Ralston
4 Get A Little Freaky With Me - Aaron Hall, Jean-Marie Horvat, Kevin Davis, Kuk, Laney Stewart
5 Pick Up The Phone - Aaron Hall, Jean-Marie Horvat, Kevin Davis, Kuk, Laney Stewart
6 Don't Be Afraid - Aaron Hall, Chris "Tricky" Stewart, Gary G-Wiz, Hank Shocklee, James Henry Boxley III, Jean-Marie Horvat, Sean "Sep" Hall
7 Until I Found You - Aaron Hall, Jean-Marie Horvat, Kevin Davis, Kuk, Laney Stewart
8 You Keep Me Crying - Aaron Hall, Vassal Benford, Victor Flores
9 Don't Be Afraid - Aaron Hall, Gary G-Wiz, James Henry Boxley III
10 Don't Be Afraid - Aaron Hall, Dave Reitazas, Gary G-Wiz, Gerald Albright, Hank Shocklee, Jeremy Lubbock, Vassal Benford, Victor Flores
11 Let's Make Love - Aaron Hall, Jean-Marie Horvat, Kevin Davis, Kuk, Laney Stewart
12 When You Need Me - Aaron Hall, Dieyelle Reed, Jade-Joi Marshall, Tonya Harris, Vassal Benford, Victor Flores
13 I Miss You - Aaron Hall, Anthony "A.J." Jeffries, Craig Burbidge, Greg Gauthen, Gregory Cauthen
14 Until The End Of Time - Aaron Hall, Vassal Benford, Victor Flores
15 Epilogue (Aaron Hall/The Truth) - Aaron Hall