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Toshi
Toshi Reagon
Toshi
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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Toshi rocks! While fusing the soul-stirring spirit of gospel with the folkier strains of social conscience, the expansively ebullient Reagon and ace producer Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry) have forged a fr...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Toshi Reagon
Title: Toshi
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: 4/23/2002
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 793018288323, 829410315463

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Toshi rocks! While fusing the soul-stirring spirit of gospel with the folkier strains of social conscience, the expansively ebullient Reagon and ace producer Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry) have forged a fresh sound that is both contemporary and beyond category. "Mountain Top" and "Ballad of the Broken Word" suggest Tracy Chapman as an Indigo Girl, but such an equation fails to account for the irresistibly engaging pop of "Slippin' Away" and "The Ones Who Love You," the rock propulsion of "I Hate/I Love," and the languid, intimate transformation of the Cars' "Just What I Needed" (in stripped-down duet with Marc Anthony "Chocolate Genius" Thompson). Reagon's vocal warmth throughout reflects a big heart, while her razor-sharp band cuts a series of indelible grooves. Reagon's musical development continues to honor her familial legacy (mother Bernice Johnson Reagon is Sweet Honey in the Rock's matriarch; godmother Toshi Seeger is Pete Seeger's wife), but here she's claiming some artistic turf that is all her own. --Don McLeese

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Big Love. Big Sound. Big New Album.
notaprofessional | san francisco, CA USA | 06/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This broadly gifted and incredibly down-to-earth dynamo has a few albums out, and this is the third in a row to knock my socks off. Toshi Reagon has a big voice and a perceptive mind-her music is rock, folk, blues, beautiful. There are tracks like "Slippin' Away", "I Hate/I Love", "Positive Information", and "Big Love"and "Oh No No No" that really rock and pop. Then there are tracks like "Mountain Top" and "Ballad of the Broken Word" that start of fairly folksy, then build and boom, and blues-belt. The lyrics (her own with a notable exception) are full of meaning, insight, rage, love, and truth. The last track is a cover of a Cars song; "Just What I Needed" is pure pop in its original, but Toshi's cover is slow, sobering, gentle poetry--like a still fountain by candlelight.Toshi Reagon is a particularly gifted artist, and this album is arguably her best yet-and certainly a strong indication of good things to come. There's a song for many different moods here, so you can keep it in the player for days."
Get your big love
Peter Hentges | Minneapolis, MN USA | 07/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I caught Toshi and her band live at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year. First, in a small workshop stage where she traded songs with other artists and generally brought down the house and kept the energy of the session up nearly single-handedly. Later, she opened the final day of the main stage show.She is a powerful woman who drives that power through her voice and her guitar, reaching into your gut and making you dance like a marionette, rage like a lover wronged or cry like little baby.Her backing band members support and expand her talent. From the screaming funk of lead guitar to the enourmous presence and steady drive of bass guitar, the band is tight enough for you to feel why they are called Big Love.Her pedigree only begins to tell you about the soul of this woman. Toshi is gospel, funk, soul. Toshi is a force to be reckoned with."
Nice surprise
Richard Harlo | Trenton, NJ | 10/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'd never heard of Toshi Reagon before a friend passed on this CD to me. It was nice to find such a great singer with so much new music for me! I've since picked up a couple of CDs and I am in love. She's got a great big wonderful voice that fills you up to the brim. Give the samples for "Big Love" and "Mountain Top" a try. You'll be glad you did."