Mercyside Truth Is

Mercyside's label, Mi5 Recordings, gives Jennifer Brunetti (the voice behind Mercyside) a 13-page bio on their website, which seems a bit of overkill for an artist who has only this debut album to her credit. Truth Is basically comes across as pretentious pop rock buoyed by a techno injection that never really alleviates the CD's dated feel. Producer Ted Mason brings some sophistication and variety to Mercyside's sound, but Brunetti's weak vocals simply cannot carry a whole CD. If you make it past the awful '80s rock-inspired opening song, the out of sync "Pink Sea," the second number, "Truth is," makes the best use of Brunetti's airy voice, which unfortunately doesn't get any livelier than this. (Mi5)