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Tonic 9/24/2002

Review

Produced by metal guru Bob Rock, Tonic's heavy-handed Head on Straight takes dead aim at arena rock circa 2002 via strong melodies, big choruses, thick, domineering guitars, and a solid backbeat. Singer Emerson Hart proudly wears a broken heart on his tattered sleeve, especially on anthemic cuts such as "Take Me As I Am," "Do You Know," and "Believe Me," all of which showcase his expansive range and captivating emotive style evocative of Bono, Michael Hutchence, and Eddie Vedder. Guitarist Jeff Russo's pentatonic riffs, shimmering harmonics, and engaging arpeggios provide a perfect canvas for Hart's bellow and bassist Dan Lavery's funky staccato lines. Waxing political in "Irish" ("I won't die for England") and working out a blues mojo in "Rest Your Head," Tonic exudes confidence and conviction on a grand collection sans filler. ~ Tom Semioli
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Roses Tonic 3:24
  3. 2 Take Me as I Am Tonic 3:34
  4. 3 Count on Me (Somebody) Tonic 3:45
  5. 4 Do You Know Tonic 3:47
  6. 5 Head on Straight Tonic 3:44
  7. 6 Liar Tonic 2:53
  8. 7 On Your Feet Again Tonic 3:50
  9. 8 Come Rest Your Head Tonic 4:24
  10. 9 Ring Around Her Finger Tonic 4:18
  11. 10 Believe Me Tonic 3:25
  12. 11 Irish Tonic 5:4
  13. 12 Let Me Go Tonic 5:48

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