“Christensen is one of the best, most thought provoking singer-songwriters around. His voice has a world-weary, yet reassuring quality to it that makes me go back to his songs over and over. Even his most down-and-out, desolate tunes have a warm quality to them that make them quite inviting. All the songs here are excellent, but the stand-out tunes are "Beautiful Soul" and "Best Man" . Readers of alternative country magazines like No Depression would do well to check this out”
Reviews by Ray
“The Truth Hurts - Rob Christensen delivers a solid album of searching electric/acoustic songs that cut to the bone of personal relationships. Christensen's sound combines folk rock, country, and a bit of blues that feels very, very from the heart, expressing clear emotions with a direct life-poetry. Fans of Dylan will certainly find another real artist here. Highly recommended.”
“Rob Christensen has a voice similar to Cat Stevens and a style that is uniquely his own. His new album, The Truth Hurts, is an insightful journey through life in the eyes of the singer. The Eureka resident has written, recorded, and produced his 10-track album. "Somewhere Down The Road" is a moving piece about becoming oneself and getting through the difficulties of relationships. Christensen has written songs that metaphorically express feelings that arise during the ups and downs that relationships can cause. "Hey, what's your hurry? Don't leave me here lonely. The sun won't be shining until tomorrow morning," is just one of several meaningful lines that reflect Christensen's style. Christensen has taken several down-to-earth ideas and situations and turned them into feelings.
The Truth Hurts is a great album, full of feelings and is perfect for those rainy days when it does not seem like the sun will ever shine again.”
“Opera Alley -
There’s a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach, like… everything is OK. Not just personally, but universally. My prejudices and snobby feelings are slowly waning. I suddenly feel like people can look past my horrid attitude and actually enjoy my presence. And likewise, my distaste for certain groups of people, and the people themselves, is turning into a white light of purity and love. I now feel a strange kinship with that 15-yr old skinhead who loves ska, and others like him who used to irritate the piss out of me. Dammit! Rob Christensen has done this evil thing to me. His soothing Beatles-esque (Belle and Sebastian-esque I’ve also heard) pop stylings touch peculiar places in my heart, mind, and loins. Ten tracks of felicity here, folks. This CD would change Phnom Penh into Disneyland – no more beheadings, just bright parades and dance lines.”