William Tyler - Impossible Truth
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Based on 15 reviews
2013 Ratings: #67 / 1100
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Although he's stretching traditional, time-tested folk templates culled from around the world and back again, Tyler's vision is both distinctly American and deeply modern. 


Impossible Truth is among the year’s most vivid and evocative albums so far, revealing new and absorbing details with every listen.


This is a brilliant album created by a music virtuoso that will cement Tyler’s solo reputation earned from his 2010 debut, Behold the Spirit

Beats Per Minute

Tunes are built slowly and satisfyingly, ebbing and flowing into oceans of ambient sound. Through these layers, though, shine frequent flashes of utter brilliance.

Consequence of Sound

The album is a masterful foundation of traditional folk beneath layers of experimentation with surreal sounds and classical song forms. 


Impossible Truth is music of almost metaphysical calmness, in which Tyler's guitar surveys inner vistas and notes their vastness with a kind of Zen detachment.

Tiny Mix Tapes

This album is easily taken as it is, a good side portrait of the parts of America that are somewhat still in the throes of modernity (if we all aren’t to some degree).

The 405

Impossible Truth is a sprawling collection of muted words and vocal instruments, leading you along the hidden paths in your heart. 

No Ripcord

Instead of releasing an album of strictly guitar solos, he's crafted a collection of moody and engaging riffs, filled with experimental harmonies.

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Track List

  1. Country of Illusion
  2. The Geography of Nowhere
  3. Cadillac Desert
  4. We Can’t Go Home Again
  5. A Portrait of Sarah
  6. Hotel Catatonia
  7. The Last Residents of Westfall
  8. The World Set Free

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Added on: January 15, 2013