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TNT - 2005 All The Way To The Sun



ARTIST: TNT
ALBUM: All The Way To The Sun
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-147
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tony Harnell - vocals * Ronnie LeTekro - guitars * Diesel Dahl - drums * Sid Ringsby - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Fix * 02 Too Late * 03 Driving * 04 Me And I * 05 Sometimes * 06 All The Way To The Sun * 07 What A Wonderful World * 08 The Letter * 09 Mastic Pines * 10 Black Butterfly * 11 Save Your Love * 12 Ready To Fly

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WEBLINKS: www.tnttheband.com


Background
A band who haven't featured on GLORY-DAZE a great deal is the Norwegian/American combo TNT. With a brace of superb albums under their wing starting from 1983/84, this band have proven time and time again that the combination of Tony Harnell and Ronni LeTekro is a special one. On this latest 2005 effort for MTM Music, that combination returns once again, and surely brings back a reminder or three from their primetime days during the late 80's. Thankfully, the band haven't gone all 'weird' considering we are twenty plus years down the track, but reading reviews of this album elsewhere, seems 'weird' is the operative word for this band! I wonder why.. TNT are giving the fans exactly what they want, in exactly the sort of style they delivered on efforts such as 'Tell No Tales', 'Intuition', and more recently their fantastic 2004 release 'My Religion'. In comparison to the latter effort, it was always going to be hard to match up to that, but with 'All The Way To The Sun', they try admirably. With Harnell already being involved with the choice Starbreaker project earlier this year, having two winners in one year might seem a tall order. And I guess, so it proves..


The Songs
Things get underway with 'A Fix'. This one takes us back to 1984's 'Knights Of The New Thunder', the offcutter guitarwork and hard driving rhythm all a stark reminder of what once was. 'Too Late' is an obvious attempt at putting a commercial track onboard. 'Gotta have one' as they say! 'Driving' continues the commercial theme, in much the same way that Harem Scarem did with their underwhelming opus 'Overload' earlier this year. 'Me And I' is one of the few tracks to miss my radar. It touches on modern rock though I am sure if this was recorded in the 60's it would've been labelled psychadelic! 'Sometimes' is a beautiful piece of semi-balladry, the music dare I suggest, ventures into Morningwood territory, Harnell's 'other' project from yesteryear! The title track 'All The Way To The Sun' is an audio equivalent of a chameleon. There is so much going on here that trying to pin the tail on the donkey (or chameleon in this case) is nigh on impossible. We touched on 'weird'.. well I eat my words. The band try out the cover of the Louis Armstrong standard 'What A Wonderful World'. Now, I am having difficulty understanding the motive.. but the result is unique. It all goes Freddy Mercury era Queen toward the end, and the high vocal by Harnell at the death sends this song on its way. Note: for any band wanting to attempt something similar a word of caution.. DON'T! (lol!) Back to typical fare is 'The Letter', and though the musical style is a little unusual, the end delivery is pretty cool. A TNT album wouldn't be complete without a little guitar improvisation. Ronni delivers on the short but sweet 'Mastic Pines'. However, his guitar-lines on 'Black Butterfly' are full of dirty riffs from the late great 70's. And as for the solo, mere mortals wouldn't get near it! The final pairing of 'Save Your Love' and 'Ready To Fly' are both melodic affairs, the latter literally soars, with Harnell's vocal complimenting LeTekro's reverb-driven guitar work.


In Summary
In summary, what we get is a very good album. But I guess we were all spoiled by last years 'My Religion' album, and in that regard, that album will always be their watershed. Seems they have made a rod for their own back. TNT as a band like to take a few chances I guess. Definitely the Louis Armstrong thing is different, but hey, I am sure Messrs Harnell and LeTekro don't give a toss.. for them it is all about artistic expression, and long may they continue to experiment. For those of us who delight in the musical riches that this band delivers, then equally, long may that tradition continue.


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#1 | spawn71 on October 08 2015 19:43:18
Unfortunately, after the great return with 'My Religion' just a year before, this album was a let down for me, apart for a couple of good songs.
 
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