Toshi

Toshi

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by Toshi Reagon
     
 

Toshi Reagon rocks on Toshi, a tight collection of stripped-to-the-bone tracks that go for the throat straight from the heart. Borrowing the Kinks' eternally classic "You Really Got Me" riff on the opening cut "Oh No No," Reagon kicks into high gear, detailing the trials of love and fidelity with melody and fervor. Though the lyricsSee more details below

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Toshi Reagon rocks on Toshi, a tight collection of stripped-to-the-bone tracks that go for the throat straight from the heart. Borrowing the Kinks' eternally classic "You Really Got Me" riff on the opening cut "Oh No No," Reagon kicks into high gear, detailing the trials of love and fidelity with melody and fervor. Though the lyrics are laden with passion and angst, the album is an uptempo affair, bolstered via a strong backbeat and Reagon's patented vocal style, which melds blues, soul, gospel, and R&B. Her folk roots emerge in "Big Love," a poignant cut embellished by Catherine Russell on mandolin and bassist Fred Cash, who's upper-register counterpoint provides the perfect foil to Reagon's phrasing. "Ballad of the Broken Word" is a tasteful blues dirge abetted by a cadre of sultry backing vocals and acid guitar leads aplenty. But the kicker is a ballad rendering of the Cars' old hit "Just What I Needed," a duet with Marc Anthony Thompson, who does his best imitation of Leonard Cohen. Another strong outing by an artist who improves with each new release.

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Billboard
The tunes here have all of the earthy love-poetry and sharp-eyed observations that have become her signature.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018288323
catalogNumber:
82883

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toshi Reagon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Marc Anthony Thompson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Fred Cash   Bass
Judith Casselberry   Vocals
Deborah Robinson   Musician
Catherine Russell   Mandolin,Vocals
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Stephanie McKay   Musician
Robert Burke   Drums
Ann Klein   Musician
Morley   Vocals
Helga Davis   Musician
Steve Count   Musician
Aleah Long   Musician
Tashawn Reagon   Shaker

Technical Credits

Toshi Reagon   Liner Notes
Craig Street   Producer
Jennifer Leigh   Contributor
Tom Camuso   Engineer

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