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Truly original, fantastic record.

If you asked me to define this style of music, I am not sure that I could. This record does bring together some of my favorite musical styles in a way that I would not of thought possible. There is a solid psychedelic rock base overlaid with textures of blues, jazz, pop, hard rock, prog rock... a lot of flavor. An incredibly solid and inventive rhythm section comprised of Tom Nguyen, Bass and Justin Martinez, Drums. Adam Martinez's guitar work is wonderful. The sound is completed by the vocals of Asli Omar... an incredibly gifted, sultry, evocative rock singer subtly channelling Billie Holiday. It is melodic, sexy rock that thumbs its nose at the ordinary.

A Fantastic album from a fantastic group

The band manages to pull together an unexpected combination of various genres and influences which all stand alone and work together flawlessly to generate their own unique tone.
The guitar of Adam Martinez from song to song is hard to place. It's reminiscent of a later Jimi Hendrix but a tad less loose, fused with a touch of sound from some Led Zeppelin ballads which combines to become both and neither as he brings a alternative blues feel to the mix.
Asli Omar's passionate vocals are surpassed only by her thoughtful and provocative songwriting. Like Martinez, her style is a challenge to identify. It encompasses a punk-esque alternative sound of which Billie Holiday would be proud to say she impacted. Perhaps a female counterpart to Louis Armstrong's softer blues had it come around a good 70 years or so later.
Its slurring vocals over a multi-level arrangement are a shining example of the group's musical ability while just teetering with the edges of too much in parts and too little in others.
A truly great album.

Scary Good!

The thing about the Tontons is that at first listen you're tempted to point to a certain band or genre that they clearly remind you of. However as you listen more and more, you're suddenly reminded of another, altogether different genere or band. The reason for that is that this young quartet of talented musicians have successfully managed to fuse various musical stylings into one that is undeniably their own. From the obvious sultry and seductive voice of Asli Omar to the Hendrix like antics of guitarist Adam Martinez, the Tontons are quickly proving to be a force in music at a time when the quality of music is in a steep decline. For such a young band, 18-23, the sound is very mature and undeniably fantastic. Its almost scary to think how good this band can be in 5 or so years, seeing how they've put together such a great collection of music, in the 3 years they've been together. Expect great things from these guys!

The Tontons, The Tontons
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jul 28, 2009

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