Allen originally wasn’t too keen on including “The Truth” on his album since he didn’t write it. “I thought it was really good, [but] for me, it was just stubbornness and wanting to write everything,” Allen told MTV back in November. Take a listen to the Monahan-updated version of the song below:
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Although it does make some sense for Monahan to be featured on this track more than another artist since he did co-write it (along with songwriter Toby Gad), both Kris and Pat have such a similar singing voices, we barely could tell when Allen stopped singing and Monahan took over for the bridge. MJ over at her Big Blog raises a good point—this collaboration comes off as a ploy from Jive to get more people listening to Allen, since Train currently has a giant hit with “Hey, Soul Sister.” And how many more album sales could this pair-up potentially inspire since this version isn’t on Kris’ LP?
The bigger question is, why is this track (which, on first listen, made us feel like “taking a nap” and thought it could be improved upon seeing “Kris Allen’s dimples singing it live”) the next single instead of the infectious “Alright With Me”? If it’s good enough to be in a Ford ad incessantly played during American Idol commercial breaks, it’s good enough to be a single.