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|Toby Lightman||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Nile Rodgers||Electric Guitar|
|Tom Barney||Bass, Electric Bass, Upright Bass|
|Gerry Leonard||Electric Guitar|
|Peter Zizzo||Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, tiple, Synthesizer Bass, Synthesizer Piano|
|Rob Mounsey||String Arrangements|
|Rob Mathes||Horn Arrangements, Horn Conductor|
|Leon Pendarvis||String Arrangements, String Conductor|
|Lynn Kowalewski||Art Direction|
|Peter Zizzo||Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming|
|Jen Scaturro||Programming, Digital Editing|
|Toby Lightman||Composer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming|
Posted October 1, 2010
I was watching MTV's TRL in January for "Spankin' New Artists Week". During the week, 1 girl came on the show that really got my attention, it was Toby Lightman. When I heard "Devils And Angels", I was hooked! I bought "Little Things" in July, while visiting family in the Philadelphia area, and then I realized, "Hey! Toby Lightman's from here! I'm in an FYE, maybe, if they have it, I'll buy it!" I find her album and I bought it. Later that day, a storm blows in, and I can't sleep during storms, so I listen to Toby. Within 2 tracks, I was asleep, not that it was boring, but it really relaxed me! I'm so used to the "But you chose weed over me, your so lame!" songs (by the way, that was "Too Much To Ask" by Avril Lavigne from her album, "Let Go."), so I was suprised. Toby really is a great artist, I wish she'd get more attention!!!! The album is great! My favorites are "Leave It Inside", "Devils And Angels", and "Real Love." Everyone should have a copy! My brother, who's a metal, hard-rock fan, is just starting to listen to her! Anyone can listen to her!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Toby Lightman is the first female voice to come along in a long time that displays true musical talent. The lyrics she puts together in her songs tell a story - make you think about what you're hearing. They range in topics from the laid back "Running Away" to the powerful "The River" (my favorite on the album) and songs like "Front Row" about her interaction with a (fictional) audience member "Don't Wanna Know" which is alomst the opposite point of view - from the fan's perspective of thier idol. Of course these are just my takes on the songs, and that's what makes them so great, you really sit and think about what they mean and figure out different scenarios. And best yet, you can actually understand what she's saying. She is completely original. I don't understand much of the comparisons that have been made in her style. I would agree she is in the same genre as many of the other artists she has been compared to, but her style is totally unique. The album shows such versatility, so many different techniques. For a first album it is very polished - the video for "Devils and Angels" was first rate. Now you can get the album with the bonus track, "Real Love", which is Toby's cover of Mary J. Blige's classic - sorry Mary J. but Toby sings it better than you did. :) The video for "Real Love" is also excellently done. But even better is hearing her live - just her and her guitarist Eddy if you're lucky. Their acoustic dueling together is amazing. In fact, I'd love it if she made an acoustic remake of the album. I would recommend this album to everyone (in fact I do). A true original talent. I certainly hope she survives a business full of gushy pop and gritty grunge.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Toby Lightman's debut cd Little Things is a phenomenal combination of rock, R&B and soul. Certainly her cd stands among the glutton of mediocrity that the marketplace has produced over the past couple of years. On the one had, Toby's cd has an air of familiarity that is comparable to the likes of Sheryl Crow or Mary J. Blige, on thet other hand her work is very fresh, exciting and exceptional. Toby's voice is extraordinary and powerful. Her voice lifts her live performances to another level. I am constantly floored how someone so small has such a powerful voice. Little Things is filled with many dazzling tracks. "Devils and Angels" mixes dynamic acoustic guitar with R&B and Lightman's sparkling vocals to create an irresistible first single. Front Row, a song about a male groupie, is definitely one of the most soulful songs on Little Things. Frightened is a wonderful straight forward ballad. Voices is another remarkable arrangement which has more of a rock feel than her typical songs. Coming Back In echoes the temptations of being drawn to an ex lover. The bonus track on the CD is an amazing remake of the Mary J. Blige classic called Real Love. Toby's version of Real Love really showcases her vocal talents and Toby adds her own flair and style to the song. With the unbelievable songwriting and singing talent that Toby possess, one could only imagine the great things that Toby will create in the future. Little Things is the beginning of many great things to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.