Reviews Texas Is The Reason Do You Know Who You Are?

Texas Is The Reason

Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are? is one of the best selling albums that Revelation ever released, and Texas Is The Reason flirted with major label courtship (almost signing to Capitol before splitting up instead) on the strength of their what would ultimately prove to be this their sole album; I remember two things about the band when they were active: one, everyone seemed to love Texas Is The Reason and Do You Know Who You Are?, and two, I could not for the life of me figure out just what the hype was all about in the first place.

While the passage of time and some exposure to a plethora of music has given me a great deal of perspective, I now see some great qualities that are imbued in Do You Know Who You Are?; the members of Texas Is The Reason have an excellent sense of dynamic songwriting (I do love the quiet break in “Johnny On The Spot” and the transitions in and out of the part and the build up in the beginning of “There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One Tonight” is aces and just the whole of “Back and To The Left” makes me understand why the song is one of the classics from this album), and the background vocals actually add a great deal to the songs where they are used (the ones in “There’s No Way I Can Talk Myself Out Of This One Tonight” make it one of my favorite songs on the album) while the lead vocals by Garret Klahn are nowhere near the turnoff that they used to be for this band (this is saying something from me and his performance in “A Day’s Refrain” is completely excellent).

I still think that Do You Know Who You Are? is rather overrated, but I definitely think that the music that Texas Is The Reason play on this album is a smooth batch of songs with a strong grasp of writing and composition behind them; ultimately Do You Know Who You Are? is a solid album with some real excellent songs, and I can kind of see why people love Texas Is The Reason and this album so much and also understand why major labels were fawning all over these guys as the potential for something truly great was there.

7.5 / 10Bob
Advertisement
Debt Offensive
Leave a comment

Revelation

1996

7.5 / 10

7.5 / 10

Share this content
Recent reviews

Thisquietarmy

The New Testament

7.0 / 10 Thisquietarmy - The New Testament album cover
200 Words Or Less

thisquietarmy is an experimental project helmed by Eric Quach from Montreal. His catalogue is extensive (you could spend hours on bandcamp) gut each release has a life of its own, ...

Wife

Standard Nature

8.1 / 10 Wife - Standard Nature album cover

WIFE is the solo electronic project of James Kelly, who is probably best known as the mainman of (unfortunately disbanded) insane, post-black metal band Altar of Plagues. WIFE started out ...

Spokenest

Gone, Gone, Gone

7.7 / 10 Spokenest - Gone, Gone, Gone album cover

I have a type, and it’s short and fast. I’m partial to it and probably less picky. It fills a need that my constantly fidgeting digits and bottomless coffee mug ...

Related news

Bands Solo Harrett Klahn (Texas Is the Reason)

Posted Jan. 14, 2016, 7:41 p.m.

Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason) will release a self-titled solo record later this month on Jan. 15. Our on Rise Records, it contains 10 songs and is open for ...

Bands Garrett Klahn solo 7-inch

Posted Oct. 26, 2014, 4:59 p.m.

Garret Klahn, front man of Texas Is the Reason, has announced a solo 7" titled I Don't Care At All, to be released Nov. 18 by Rise Records. The ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.