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Tonto Tonto - 1992 Mirror For The Blame

ARTIST: Tonto Tonto
ALBUM: Mirror For The Blame
LABEL: Victory Music
SERIAL: 383-480006-2
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Nick Fowler - vocals * Gregg Wattenberg - guitars, vocals * Greg Smith - bass, vocals * Michael Haar - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mirror * 02 Real Today * 03 Last Night * 04 Miles Away (Too Fast For You) * 05 All In The Love In The World * 06 Changing Me * 07 Approval * 08 Home Is A Face You Know * 09 Stop What You're Doing * 10 Leave Behind * 11 December * 12 If It Rains All Day

This is the one off album by the New York based quartet Tonto Tonto. They are a band with a certain element of charm and style about them. Sounding as if they are just as comfortable playing large arenas or small cafes. First consideration for comparing notes would rest at the door of the first Riverdogs or the Mr Reality album. It has that same groove and production that made the debut album for Lamothe, Campbell and co such a winner. Someone mentioned to me ages ago that they thought these guys sounded similar to Diving For Pearls. No way Jose, the sound is too stripped down to match those guys, and there's not much in the way of keyboards either. Oh well, our ears do desert us from time to time. Anyway, I'm sure if you spent some time with this CD you'll find some great moments onboard. Thats what I found..

The Songs
Through most of the songs, they build them up with a blanket of acoustic guitar, before Wattenberg's lead guitar cuts through like a hot knife on the solos. The opener 'Mirror' and the fantastic 'Last Night' are some good examples. Their first single 'Miles Away' tries to go for jugular, in much the same way that Extreme did 'More Than Words', though the execution is not as immediate. 'All The Love In The World' is perhaps their rockiest effort, with grinding guitars. Swap Wattenberg for Vivian Campbell and you'd be hard pressed to notice the difference. A very processed guitar sound that's obviously got a lot of investment in the effects area. Elsewhere, you get good value for money, with twelve songs on offer. Other standouts include 'December', the fiery 'Real Today', the modern rock flavour of 'Changing', plus the groove laden 'Approval'.

In Summary
The most notable name in the band is bassist Greg Smith, who has spent time with Wendy O Williams, Red Dawn, Rainbow, Vinnie Moore, Alice Cooper, and BOC. A busy man indeed, and much in demand obviously. His stint with Tonto Tonto, though shortlived, is a reasonable excuse to spend $5 or thereabouts on Ebay to secure yourself a copy. That's about the average I've seen it go for. If you like the Riverdogs, then chances are, you'll love these guys.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 10:06:49
Was a big fan of this album when it first appeared. Think I gave it a bit of a rave review in 'Kerrang!'
I agree George, dunno where the Diving For Pearls comparison could be found though.
#2 | gdazegod on June 26 2008 10:45:04
I remember now Dave. I picked this up in a trade about 1997 or thereabouts. The guy who traded it to me made mention of the DFP comparison. Probably one of the reasons why I played swapsies for it. To my surprise there was no DFP in it at all - a point I made to remember when it came to review time.
#3 | windsofmarch on August 05 2013 20:27:41
Wow... Tonto in spanish means fool. Fool Fool...
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