T Bone Burnett
The True False Identity
T Bone Burnett is an American original. A songwriter and performer steeped in the nation's deep musical heritage, T Bone has emerged from a self-imposed 14 year hiatus as a recording artist to release two highly-anticipated collections of music simultaneously: The True False Identity, his first album of new original songs since 1992, and 20/20: The Essential T Bone Burnett, a 40-song retrospective spanning Burnett's entire career of music-making.
Pop music is traditionally a young person's medium, but with The True False Identity,
T Bone Burnett has carved out a space in that pantheon of artists making their most vital and compelling works in the light of wisdom, experience, and seasoned perfection of craft.
A song like "Zombieland" ("Machines always do just what you tell them to do/As long as you do what they say/Machines gonna stomp/To that devil beat in Zombieland") with music throbbing slow and mad like some delirious new language is more than a mere critique of media-generated hypnosis. It's a peek through the gauze into the eye of reality. "It's not just the media," T Bone explains. "Modern religion has turned people's minds into thousands of conflicting ideas, it's politics, the implicit memory of our culture, conflicting pieces of information that are never resolved."