Russ Tolman — New Quadrophonic Highway
(WEED 7901, 2000, CD)
by Jerry Baiden, Published 2001-03-01
Tolman is a singer-songwriter with a half-talking / half-singing Lou Reed style of vocalization. In other words, he’s got the vocal range of about five half-steps. This is not necessarily a bad thing; melodically yes, lyrically no. There are plenty of artists that get along fine with no great sense of melody; however, their lyrics are the showcase. Unfortunately, Russ Tolman does not fit into this category. His lyrics do not focus on anything unique. Instead, the lyrics are about rather mundane activities or situations without special insight about those situations. Instrumentally, the band is good. Stylistically, Tolman’s music has a nice country-rock feel to it. The recording and mixing is very good. However, the production could have been a bit more meticulous; the background vocals on the fade-out of track five, “How to Do Everything Right,” are painfully flat. An artist such as Tolman must have lyrical quality and integrity as a foundation. Without it, he will be forgotten as fast as it takes to listen to something else.
Related artist(s): Russ Tolman
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more