Head on Straight

Head on Straight

4.4 9
by Tonic
     
 

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 MeSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Less rootsy and harder-rocking than previous efforts.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044006439723

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tonic   Primary Artist
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Willie Hollis   Keyboards
Jeff Russo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,String Machine
Joey Waronker   Drums
Emerson Hart   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dan Lavery   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Marino   Mastering
Bob Rock   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jeff Russo   Slides
Tonic   Arranger
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Mick Rock   Engineer,Contributor
Mike Gillies   Digital Editing
Eric Helmkamp   Engineer

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