Tonic
Lemon Parade


3.0
good

Review

by Big Tone USER (9 Reviews)
August 6th, 2006 | 22 replies | 6,906 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


In L.A. 1993 Emerson Hart, Jeff Russo, Dan Rothchild, and Kevin Shepard formed post-grunge band Tonic. They signed to Atlas records in 1995 and immediatley hit the studios to work on debut album Lemon Parade They would produce two singles from this album. In 1996, “Open Up Your Eyes” and in 1997, “If You Could Only See” which was very successful, and was the most played song on rock radio stations during 1997.


Since the release of Lemon Parade Tonic has had a line up change, Dan Lavery replaced Dan Rothchild as bass in 1998. Also during 1998 Tonic produced out of print EP Live and Enhanced, and recorded tracks for The X-Files soundtrack and Clay Pigeons soundtrack. In 1999 Tonic produced sophmore record Sugar which had singles “Knock Down Walls” and “You Wanted More” however Kevin Shepard left the band during the making of Sugar. Peter Maloney would fill in for the album, however Joey Waronker (Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M) would fill in for “You Wanted More”


In 2002 Tonic made their third and last record to date Head On Staright with help again from Joey Waronker, where single “Take Me As I Am” was nominated for a grammy. However in 2004 Tonic decided to take a break and focus on solo careers. Although they are still a band.


For Lemon Parade Tonic was
Emerson Hart-Vocals, Guitar
Jeff Russo-Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar
Dan Rothchild-Bass
Kevin Shepard-Drums


The opening track is the first single from the album “ Open Up Your Eyes”. A great choice for a single. The song has a great instrumental break about two minutes in which last for about 45 seconds. The reverts back to the chorus. “Casual Affair” Opens up with such intensity that it immediately grabs you in and doesn’t let go. Harts raspy voice just adds to the song, and lyrics about violence helps him hang on make this track a winner.


“If You Could Only See” Was the most played song on Rock Stations during 1997 and it is no wonder why, it is a tremendous track full of emotion and heart. Hart pours his soul into his singing with lyrics of rationalizing why he is leaving a faltering relationship for the hopes of a new one with another woman. My favorite track on the album, even though it was a single, and a played out single at that. “Soldiers daughter” has a beautiful opening with about 40 seconds of soft guitar sturms and then Hart sings about someone who is there for this hurting little girl, to dance and to keep dancing because their isn’t enough time in her life not to. Beautiful song prolly my second favorite on the album.


The title track for this review starts of soft, Hart sings about loving a hurt and defensive girl, telling people to make way for the lemon parade and make way for my girl. A solid track. “Mountain” has another long intro with just a solo guitar for about 45 seconds. Very good lyrics about a man giving into his temptation to the lust of a woman. “Thick” has a nice change of pace from previous tracks, however the strained vocals immediately turn me off from this track. I love the lyrics, “My love sleeps with broken faces inside. Cold water runs deep when she sleeps with broken faces inside”


“Wicked Soilder” has a nice pick up on pace from the previous track. I like the music on this track because it is not slow and drawn out, however the lyrics are too repetitive and take away from the song, but the chorus is quite catchy. “Mr.Golden Deal” has Tonic returning to the soft ballad type sound. The extremely soft sound to this track make it standout. The chorus opens up and has a very elegant sound to it. The lyrics are symbolizing the ocean to a woman that has left a man and the man is asking the other man how does she feel, the track was very well written.


“Bigot Sunshine” has an awesome sound that immediately grabbed my attention. However it seems to me it is just a filler track and is really nothing special. “Celtic Aggression” is a pretty decent track about coming from Ireland to America wiping out the Indians culture. Pretty historic song it even has a foreign language in it! Overall it was an ok track.


“My Old Man” is the closing song to this slightly above average album. A song about reminicing a childhood with a father that doesn’t come through for his family. Overall the track was kinda weak and drawn out for my tatse. However Hart gives a lot of emotion singing towards the end of the song.


In Conclusion, Tonic’s debut record was slightly above average, the first half of the album is done very well, although the last couple of tracks weren’t entirely bad, they were just kinda dull. I love how the band is able to mixup the sound from grunge to ballad back and forth, keeping both styles fresh.


Final Rating 3 outta 5


Big EffinTone



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Muisee
August 6th 2006


679 Comments


Good review, very enjoyable to read.

Cravinov13
August 6th 2006


3854 Comments


These guys are meh.

The Sludge
August 6th 2006


2169 Comments


You fucking beast.... 4 reviews in a 24 hour period.

Do you even leave time to masterbate?




Seriously, do you?

Dancin' Man
August 6th 2006


719 Comments


I love this album for it's sheer catchiness. I have enjoyed this album since the day I bought it 6 or 7 years ago. Work on your reviews though, read some other reviews by staff. You'll notice the track by track is very infrequently used. Try giving the reader and impression of the album as a whole, rather than each song individually.

Patrick
August 6th 2006


1891 Comments


mmm I love the two big hits from this band. especially if you could only see. How the heck are they classified as soul though, they sound like post-grunge to me.

Big Tone
August 7th 2006


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I requested it to be changed from soul to mainstream rock, hopefully they change it to something, it is definetly not soul music!

deflepp0925
August 7th 2006


213 Comments


its about time this band got some credit
a great record, a pretty good review
maybe, if you are to do a review like this one, a track by track is a good choice

I_am_the_balls
August 7th 2006


3 Comments


Good Job, nice reviewThis Message Edited On 08.07.06

Big Tone
August 7th 2006


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=Dancin' Man]Work on your reviews though, read some other reviews by staff. You'll notice the track by track is very infrequently used. Try giving the reader and impression of the album as a whole, rather than each song individually.[/quote]


I wrote another review but on this one I took your advice. Please leave me a comment when I post it tomorrow, tell me if it is better or not, thank you

Jim
August 7th 2006


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I once considered reviewing this, maybe I should reconsider. You did an OK job, but it was kinda rushed.
As for the album, I absolutely adore it. It's one of those records I grew up with and know all too well. Every track is utterly entertaining and they prove they know how to write a ballad and a balls-out rock song. The following two albums were watered down considerably, but still pretty decent.

mmmthedonnerparty
December 11th 2006


26 Comments


This album is amazing. Great pop rock album.

samthebassman
July 11th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Badass, underated album.

CrazyFool84
February 11th 2010


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pffft, really? This sounds so underwhelming and redundant of everything else everyone else was putting out at the time.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2010


28505 Comments


IF U COULD ONLY SEE THE WAY

Jim
February 12th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i enjoy this album too much

random
February 13th 2011


2261 Comments


This sounds interesting.

random
May 14th 2011


2261 Comments


Got this today, liking it so far.

Emim
February 5th 2012


26621 Comments


BIG EFFINTONE

BigHans
February 12th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ITS A CASUAL AFFAIR

WHEN EVERYBODY LOVES YOU

BigHans
March 5th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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