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Head on Straight
Tonic
Head on Straight
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Los Angeles pop-rock trio Tonic's choice of Bob Rock as producer of their third disc is an odd one. Rock is a meat-and-potatoes studio man known for dialing up the thud quotient (see Metallica, the Cult, and especially, Ve...  more »

     
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All Artists: Tonic
Title: Head on Straight
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Umvd Labels
Original Release Date: 1/1/2002
Re-Release Date: 9/24/2002
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 044006439723, 0044006439723

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Los Angeles pop-rock trio Tonic's choice of Bob Rock as producer of their third disc is an odd one. Rock is a meat-and-potatoes studio man known for dialing up the thud quotient (see Metallica, the Cult, and especially, Veruca Salt), while Tonic is noted for its sweeping power ballads. With the release of Head On Straight, they still are. Certainly, there are some jagged moments: "Liar" absolutely pounds and opener "Roses" growls, lyrically and musically. But there's unabashed emotion in tracks like "On Your Feet," "Ring," "Count on Me," the title track, and the gently rocking "Let Me Go." And then there's "Irish," a rousing, historic jig where guitars mimic bagpipes, Big Country-style, and singer Emerson Hart manages a credible Irish lilt. Perhaps Rock's Maui base proved irresistible, but really, this is more of the same stuff Tonic gave us with Lemon Parade and Sugar--sturdy, wide-eyed power-pop with lyrics reaching for something grander than "ooh baby baby." Let's hope Tonic feels they got their money's worth. --Kim Hughes

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Jessica T. (jessicatok) from LINCOLN, NE
Reviewed on 4/23/2007...
I don't think I've actually ever listened through this CD more than once. "Take Me As I Am" was the radio hit, off Tonic's 3rd album.

CD Reviews

Somewhat disappointing
David Waldo | Austin, TX United States | 02/23/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I bought Head on Straight the same way I bought Tonic's last two albums - without hearing any songs from the discs beforehand. It worked out wonderfully with Lemon Parade, and not too badly with Sugar. However, this CD... eh. I didn't really find anything to write home about.It's not that I have a problem with the songs themselves. In fact, I think there are some pretty good songs on this CD. As a whole album though, I just don't think it works, for the simple reason that almost all the songs follow the same pattern - cookie-cutter music behind lyrics that are almost always directed at a proverbial lost love. I'm tired of hearing about all the ways you screwed it up, dude! Just please, sing about something else! Where's the acoustic/electric balance found on Lemon Parade and, to a lesser extent, Sugar? Where's the positive tone found in "If You Could Only See", "Sugar", and "Stronger than Mine"? Where's the creative approach to dealing with a woman when you sang "I'm gonna burn callin' her name" in "Mountain"? Most of all, where's the self-esteem in your lyrics, which seems to be lacking pretty much throughout the album?I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I'm not impressed with the band's eventual progression from a creative acoustic/electric rock band to a stereotypical electric rock band. You may very well like this album, and that's fine. Try to listen to it before you buy it though."
Outstanding
Charles J. Hampton-snow | PETERSBURG, VA USA | 01/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"usually you buy a cd for one song and find that it is the only song you like on the cd. THAT is NOT this cd. i am new to "tonic" but this is one GREAT cd and while i do not love every song ,10 OUT OF 12 is not bad.if you're a fan of Train ,Matchbox 20 ,The Calling ,Lifehouse ,YOU WILL enjoy this cd."