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Album Review

"Open up your eyes, don't let your mind tell the story now," reverberates the chorus of Tonic's feverish radio hit single. For this group, it meant bringing a message of openheartedness and vitality to its listening fan base. Certainly, Tonic's sounds can be linked to many of the heavy-hitting alternative rock groups during their heyday in the mid-'90s, such as Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam, though Tonic has a style and charm uniquely its own. "Casual Affair" displays a charging guitar riff during the chorus, overlapped with soul-baring lyrics. "It's a casual affair when everybody loves you," shouts the lead singer, getting across that he's not afraid of change. Tonic brings a whole new light to its sound with the light and romantic "If You Could Only See." The sound on the track is very textured, and what's most appealing are the sharp slide guitars, overlaying the charm of an opening acoustic guitar track. The record as a whole is full of the heavy, distortion-laden Tonic sound, and guitars that make them who they are. Although the recordings are murky at times, like shoes splashing through muddy puddles of water, the record's highlights — such as the uplifting acoustic track "Mountain" and the rawness of "Wicked Soldier" — are still full of rich musical creativity. ~ Shawn M. Haney, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great album

The songs don't particularly fade into each other, which makes each song stand strongly on its own. Syncopation is pretty key as another reviewer stated, which is typical of post-grunge 90's music. The crunchy chords littering most of the album set a melodic tone for the lyrics, which soar with every word. More acoustic tracks such as Mountain(my personal favorite) show a huge amount of work on the musicians' part. They shine the brightest in the piece, and show a level of maturity common among contemporary folk artists. The themes aren't super heavy, but the message is powerful. This is the album everyone had in their CD players in the 90's. Pray you didn't miss out.

Impressive Album

I bought this CD for only one track, "If You Could Only See," which was thier radio hit. I listened to the entire CD and was hooked. This is one of those rare CD's where every track is good--no filler here. I liked the CD so much I took it with me to a party, and popped it into the CD player--along with a bunch of mix CD's that I had made, and let it go. The people at the party liked this CD also that they were asking who the artist was. Needless to say, I'd imagine I sold Tonic a few more CD's that night. So, do yourself a favor--buy the entire album, otherwise you're missing out on a great album.

I can see!

"If You Could Only See" is such a beautiful song. Listen to the words. Genius.


Formed: 1993

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Vocalist/guitarist Emerson Hart formed the alternative/roots band Tonic in 1993 with guitarist Jeff Russo (a childhood friend), bassist Dan Rothchild, and drummer Kevin Shepard. After gigging around Los Angeles, the foursome signed with A&M Records. For the recording of their debut album, producer Jack Joseph Puig (Jellyfish, the Black Crowes) gave Tonic a decidedly rootsy feel, with the addition of lap steel and mandolin. The album, titled Lemon Parade, was released in July 1996. After replacing...
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