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Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock
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Dwight M. (Dewey) from RUTLAND, MA
Reviewed on 8/24/2006...
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Tony Rich - Jack of all trades
M. Fyffe | 01/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When you look in the booklet that comes with the cd, the first thing you will notice is that this album is all Tony Rich. It is written, arranged, produced, sung, everything, is done by Tony Rich. This fact leaves me in total confusion. How could someone so outstanding in everything and anything pertaining to the production of an album not be a huge superstar?
Before even listening to the songs, I read the lyrics. Reading them, it is clear that Tony has a style unlike anything else out there. The lyrics seem very freeform. Case in point, the first lines in the entire album are "Late one night at the cafe/ I think I had a Greyhound that night/ Lookin' for my lover in the darkness."
When I played the album, I found the lyrics weren't the only place of uniqueness. Tony didn't follow a rigid flow to his songs, instead, singing as he felt right. It added a very exotic flair to the songs and made them interesting to listen to.
However, Tony's songs don't just get praise for being unique or for being totally of his construction. The songs are outstanding in every way. Tony's voice is beautiful and has an amazing range. Likewise, the songs deliver their messages without being blunt. If Tony wants to say I Love You, he doesn't just say it, he explains it. And the emotion he shows when at it is just wonderful. I know this probably makes no sense but thats because Tony Rich is like nothing else out there.
Personal favorite songs: Nobody knows, Missin You, Hey Blue, Grass is Greener, Leavin
At the mentino of Leavin, I was reminded of another perk of Tony Rich's album. The beats are amazing. Leavin has such a wonderful beat that really gets the mood going.
Overall, this album is outstanding. The only sad point is that its 44 minutes long with only 10 songs. But on the other hand, these songs are worth every minute of it and you certainly get what you paid for and more."
This suave brotha's recognition is way overdue
Nathan | Charlotte, N.C. United States | 02/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, first off, 'Nobody Knows'. This is one'a those songs that I could hear over and over again and it would never lose its weight and meaning. The lyrics are just plain tear-jerking an' I'm man enough to admit that I've shed a few while listening to the song ("Why didn't I say the things I needed to say, How could I let my angel get away? Now my world is just'a tumblin' down, I could say it so clearly, but you're nowhere around"). C'mon, admit it, brothas, you're eyes are watering up. Prob'ly one of the most expressive and heart-breaking readings I've heard in the past few years. His voice aches with passion on this number. If you ask me, the album is worth the purchase for that song alone.
Okay, now that I've established what the bar-none best song is and what it means to me, time to move on to the man and the rest of the album. Tony Rich is an extremely talented cat who came on the scene in the mid-'90s and, unfortunately, went by relatively unnoticed. Of course, when you're fighting for elbow room in the swamped '90s urban R&B scene, not everyone gets their dues. But, if you feel like taking the time, I encourage you to re-visit this beautifully-written and performed debut album from Rich and see what you were sleeping on. This is one of those albums for morning drives and coffee houses. Everything about it is just laid-back, right down to the inner cover of Rich reclining on a couch, understated class with his tipped fedora and dark shades. Along with the aforementioned heart-breaking ballad 'Nobody Knows', there's the mellow 'Hey Blue' which is bound to make you smile. Then, taking a total left turn, he bangs out the dark and bluesy numbers 'Grass is Green' and 'Ghost'. Rich keeps the vibe pretty consistent throughout in spite of the varying subject matters. 'Leavin' is a Gospel-tinged number, about finally coming to grips with leaving that girl behind after so long. You know somebody really loves you, but, there's no way around it, ya'gotta bounce, I feel ya, son. 'Under Her Spell' is another dark, bluesy number about a woman who uses and abuses, and the album closer 'Missin' You', another song rife with heartbreak and longing for the one that got away, rounds it all out.
When I think about it, there isn't really a bad song on this album, BUT if I'm going to complain about anything it's that the lyrics of some of the songs, particularly 'Like A Woman' are just strange. It starts out as a nice loving ode to someone, but then he busts out that lyric about slitting their wrists and joining their blood. That one left me flat. I think he was on some 'Natral Born Killers' ish or sumpin'. But, other than that, this album is really great and, hopefully, time will serve it well with its audience."