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Bird on a Wire
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
There's a music biz truism that says an artist has her whole life to write her first album and six months to write her second. What that statement fails to take into account are maturation and inspiration--two elements pre... more »
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There's a music biz truism that says an artist has her whole life to write her first album and six months to write her second. What that statement fails to take into account are maturation and inspiration--two elements present in abundance throughout Bird On A Wire, the surprising second album from New York-based writer/artist Toby Lightman. With 13 songs running the gamut from the Rufus-style funk-pop of "Slipping" to the moving lullaby "Better" and the modern-day torch song "Weight of the World", the album documents an uncommonly gifted young artist in the act of becoming fully herself.
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Patrick J. (bossajake) from TOLEDO, OH
Reviewed on 4/30/2009...
a wonderful release filled with energy and soul - the kind of soul that enables a singer to fully express complicated and deeply felt emotions with subtle shifts in the tone of her voice - spectacular! i've read reviews where she is compared to country star shelby lynne and the jazzier vocalist norah jones. this may be true but for me her style reminds me of a softer beth hart, a more contemplative susan tedeschi or even jann arden - she has lots of blues in her but there's a depth of emotion that comes out in a very positive way with lots of spirit and soul. she feels the music, has emotional depth and shares her passion with all who'll listen. if you like goosebumps give this one a listen! patrick bossajake
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A delight to the ears
Krissi | Maryland, USA | 12/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Bird on a Wire" is just a delight to the ears. The album shows off Toby's ability to sing in so many different vocal styles, each with such ease. From the soulfulness of "Don't Wake Me" and "Overflowing" to the thoughtful introspection of "Weight of the World" to the sexy jazzy "Slippin'" to the wholesome sweetness of "Better" and the blunt honesty of "My Sweet Song" (come on, admit it...we all have a song we feel that way about!). I can listen to the album a million and one times over and over and never get sick of it.
To those who criticize the lyrics of some songs, learn to occasionally enjoy simplicity, and everyday messages most anyone can relate to without using a hieroglyphics decoder. And don't forgot that sometimes hidden among simple words are deeper meanings - I feel that in Toby's voice. I think the album is gutsy, sexy and real. An awesome accomplishment and a beautiful follow-up to "Little Things".
If you get the chance to catch Toby live, do it. Once you see how she "feels" these songs you can only love them and her even more."
CD showcases Toby's soulful voice
J. Wolff | Portland, OR | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is beautiful! Her voice shines through this one more than her debut album because there's not as much going on in the songs to compete with her voice. I hear a retro vibe going on and the first song made me think of Carol King. The sound is much simpler and I think this one is more of a showcase as to what she is capable of. There are fast and slow songs, retro and modern which just makes me love the album!"