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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tom Semioli
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.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Less rootsy and harder-rocking than previous efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044006439723
  • Catalog Number: 064397

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roses (3:27)
  2. 2 Take Me as I Am (3:36)
  3. 3 Count on Me (Somebody) (3:48)
  4. 4 Do You Know (3:47)
  5. 5 Head on Straight (3:45)
  6. 6 Liar (2:54)
  7. 7 On Your Feet Again (3:53)
  8. 8 Come Rest Your Head (4:27)
  9. 9 Ring Around Her Finger (4:21)
  10. 10 Believe Me (3:28)
  11. 11 Irish (5:07)
  12. 12 Let Me Go (5:54)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bland

    Do they sing anything but love songs? All these songs sound the same. They all run together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THESE GUYS ARE SO TALENTED!

    Tonic's third album is their best! Every song is so good that it's hard to find a favorite, because each song is unbelievably good. In this era of mediocre talent - this extremely talented band should be at the top of everyone's list of Favorite Band. And they're GREAT in concert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tonic seems to have their Head On Straight

    Remember sitting around back in 1995 and listening to the radio and hearing ¿If You Could Only See?¿ by Tonic? Remember getting Lemon Parade and hearing the same type of song all over the album? Remember when ¿You Wanted More¿ was in American Pie and then on Sugar and they did it again with an album of the same type of music? Tonic has done it again with ¿Take Me As I Am¿ and Head On Straight. If you¿ve liked Tonic since day one, then you¿ll love the new album. If you don¿t like their melodic guitar heavy crunch and the original ¿Lifehouse-styled¿ band, then don¿t read any more. Tonic is one of the bands that has escaped from the forefront of the music world and appears every once in a while with a new album. Disappearing after Lemon Parade, it took them another few years to get out Sugar. And now, after another disappearing act, Head on Straight is the Tonic of the prior two albums. Emerson Hart and Jeff Russo¿s lush guitars and harmonies meld with Dan Lavery¿s strong bass playing, and their studio drummer¿s rhythm all over. There¿s nothing spectacular to the rhythms like their old drummer, Jeremy Voght gave them, and the bass lines are nothing spectacular. But that isn¿t what Tonic is known for. The layering of acoustic and electric guitars has always been the strong point to the key-Tonic sound. Not only is that pulled off here, but to the ¿remember the song on ____¿ extreme. For example: ¿Head On Straight¿ is a nice strong ballad, along the likes of ¿Waiting for the Light to Change¿ (from Sugar); ¿Irish¿ invokes memories of ¿Celtic Aggression¿ (from Lemon Parade); and ¿Take Me As I Am¿ is like every poppy song that Tonic has written, especially invoking ¿You Wanted More.¿ All in all, Tonic has copied what they do best and released it as a new album¿ If you¿re a fan, get it; if you¿ve only listened to the radio Tonic stuff, listen to the radio or buy the single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tonic has their Head on Straight!

    Tonic does what any good band does, they improve with each album, and this one is no exception! Each song seems to be about relationships, which is a topic we can all relate to. I like "Liar," it rocks as it challenges, "...take another shot, boy, I'm open." A couple of the more melodic songs, "Come Rest your Head" and "Believe Me" are very infectious as they get stuck in your head and just won't leave. And I'm really happy they put "Irish" on this disc as it's been one of my favorites they do when they're in concert. So add this album to your music collection today or you may be very sad you didn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a GREAT CD

    They've been gone for a while but you would never know it with this new CD! This CD has it all. Great ballads and rockin' tunes that make you want to jam right along with the band. It's been in my CD player since I got it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WORTH THE WAIT!!!!

    This album is long awaited and definately well worth it. With the strong heart felt lyrics and great music to back each song there is no one favorite. There is no skipping a song to get to your favorite, each and every song grabs a hold and they are all great to listen to. I had the album the 1st day it came out, and it has been in my CD player ever since. Lemon Parade and Sugar along with this new album are three must haves for any music lovers collection. If you get the chace to see them live DO NOT PASS IT UP!!!! Tonic is a true "diamond in the rough" in the vast world of rock and roll!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tonic

    "Take Me As I Am" was a great choice for a single. This CD is as great as the previous ones. "Irish" has a great sound. I recently went to a Celticfest and was so excited to hear some more Irish music on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Album

    I can¿t stop listening to this CD...the lyrics, melodies, guitar riffs. I¿m incredibly impressed! This is it, I¿ve found the new CD that will be in constant rotation in my CD player. For those who have had the awesome pleasure of seeing Tonic in concert, you¿ll appreciate the ¿official¿ release of ¿Irish. I love this CD from beginning to end (sometimes I have to listen to ¿Believe Me¿ twice in a row, it¿s that GREAT). Tonic is truly spectacular and this record proves it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BUY THIS ONE!!

    I have 2 of Tonic's first cd's and I didn't think they could out do Sugar, but they have! This is their best yet! EVERY song is great. It's well worth your money & will give you hours enjoyment!!

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