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Hey IM Radio. Toke here. Glad to become a part of
your neighborhood. Right now I'm hard at work on
my new record in Chris Stamey's studio down here
in Chapel Hill and playing gigs around the
triangle as I get prepared for a fall tour of
Europe. Keep spinning my stuff.
R2 RVEIEW OF "LOVE WON OUT"
ROCK N REEL MAGAZINE
A singer song-writer of variety and erudition,
Tokyo Rosenthal allies himself here with the
incomparable Chris Stamey. If you need a little
bit of production assistance Stamey really is your
man. His recent credits include Chatham County
Line, and he had a large hand in Alejandro
Escovedoís A Man Under The Influence.
Here his role is ďadditional productionĒ alongside
Rosenthal, and between them theyíve contrived a
natural , easy sound allowing space for all the
nuances. Rosenthalís voice has subtleties and a
pleasing tremor, rewarding to the listener when
A mixture of styles is in evidence - one or two
perhaps surplus to requirements- and there are
Celtic undertones manifesting themselves. This is
clear from the opening ďSt Patricks DayĒ, a
stirring rocker from that place in the Tom Petty
playbook where twang meets jangle, and then in the
lovely violin of the plaintive ďWe Planted SeedsĒ.
Later, bagpipes will feature on ď If I Could Draw
ďWhoís To Say What Might Have BeenĒ tantalizes,
for at a slightly different tempo it might well be
a great southern soul ballad, and steel maestro Al
Perkins graces two songs, of which ďGoodnight
Carrie Iím Coming HomeĒ may be the recordís
FATEA REVIEW OF "LOVE WON
Album:Love Won Out
Label:Rock & Sock Records
Blessed with a voice of extraordinary versatility,
coupled with the ability to convey very deep
emotions. Tokyo Rosenthal appears to be a leading
contender for the titles': Storyteller of depth
and detail, purveyor of expanding sound and One
with one of the freshest voices on the alternative
Americana scene today.
We Planted Seeds-track 2- is a deeply affecting
and seemingly personal reflection. Augmented by
clambering, hungry acoustic guitar, soaring,
melodic and joyful violin/fiddle and complemented
perfectly by atmospheric and meditative
tambourine. Tokyo's vocal delivers a melody that
rises, falls and weaves the song together
beautifully. His driving vibrato sets the whole
thing alight with twinkling clarity and a measure
of controlled ferocity that is utterly
Track 6- If I Could Draw My Heart is a gentle
giant. A haunting masterpiece bearing Tokyo's
unmistakable Anglo- Celtic musical vision. This
song will stir your repressed emotions and melt
away your cares in the most tentative and
unobtrusive way possible.
Other songs here explore and incorporate, Coffee
House Jazz, Blues, Country,traditional Bluegrass
sensibilities and retrospective Rock in such an
uncompromising, masterful and distinctive way that
it would be unimaginative not to expect good
things to come from this intriguing and talented
Final song- Goodnight Carrie I'm Coming Home is a
buoyant classic Rock number that is bathed in blue
wash, dreamy cloudscapes and haunting lyric. This
is ideal synchronization material and if the
record label are aware of this, they will no doubt
be knocking on the doors of programming executives
everywhere at this very moment.
Jim Sutherland 2009
MUSIC STREET JOURNAL REVIEW
OF "LOVE WON OUT"
MUSIC STEET JOURNAL
Love Won Out
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great disc, plain and simple. Tokyo
Rosenthal creates a blend of sounds that stay
close to the singer/songwriter style of musical
vision. At the same time he incorporates enough
varying styles to keep it from getting monolithic
or boring at all. While there are aspects of this
song or that Iím not totally enamored by, there
isnít a single track here Iíd consider weak. This
is just one of those discs that reaches out and
grabs you with no intention of letting go.
Track by Track Review
St. Patrickís Day
Thereís a great fuzzy guitar sound that leads this
off. The cut takes on a Roy Orbisson sort of
element as it drops back for the vocals. The
arrangement takes on more layers bringing in more
lush textures as it continues. This is a great pop
rock song with a lot of retro stylings in the mix.
Thereís a suitably Celtic tint to some of the
guitar lines that weave amidst the later parts of
the track and it drops way back to mellower ballad
territory for a time before moving back upward.
We Planted Seeds
Celtic music meets folk balladry here. Thereís a
warbling sound to the vocals that kind of turns me
away here, but at its best this reminds me of
Gordon Lightfoot. This is much more sedate and
organic than the discs opener and has a lot of
traditional Celtic (classically tinged) textures.
Little Poetry Girl
As strong as the last couple cuts were, this one
is even better. Itís got a more stripped down
texture than the opener and yet it rocks out more
than the last one. Thereís a bit of a jazz trio
feeling to a lot of this, but I also hear plenty
of Van Morrison and Roy Orbisson in the mix.
Thatís an intriguing combination and we even get a
little Latin edge. Thereís also a killer jazz
meets rockabilly guitar solo. I like this a lot.
Who's to Say What Might Have Been?
Here we get a slow moving (but still rather rock
oriented) number that shows off many of the same
influences weíve heard before. This doesnít differ
dramatically from some of the other music, but is
a unique piece nonetheless. Itís quite a dramatic
and powerful one and Iíd consider it a highlight
of the disc.
I Care If You Do
Weíre off to the hoedown with this bouncy little
folky number. Itís very country western Ė yeah,
both types of music Ė in its arrangement and
delivery. Itís fun and a nice change of pace. We
get a fiddle solo on this.
If I Could Draw My Heart
Another folky ballad, this feels to me like a
cross between Johnny Cash and Gordon Lightfoot.
Still, I also get a bit of a Moody Blues vibe. The
arrangement is quite lush and powerful.
Love Won Out
Here we get a smoking blues treatment. At times
this reminds me of Led Zeppelin, but at other
points itís much more ďreal blues.Ē
A Word for You
As keyboards start this (not with real melody but
more as effects) it feels as if it might launch
out into a psychedelic romp. Instead we get a
growing folky number. This is energetic and
another great tune.
This is another with a bluesy element to it. Yet
the instrumentation floating around the outskirts
brings a prog rock meets psychedelic jazz texture.
Iíd peg this as another highlight of the disc.
Goodnight Carrie, I'm Coming Home
This slow ballad is pretty and potent. Iím just
not sure that itís a strong enough cut to warrant
the closing spot. From a lyrical point of view
itís a perfect choice. Thereís enough emotion here
to elevate this, but it seems that a more uptempo
number would have made the listener more likely to
be wanting more at the end.
COUNTRY JUKEBOX REVIEW OF
"LOVE WON OUT"
Tokyo Rosenthal, an obsessed and exceptionally
gifted composer and
lyricist is unique in the Americana scene, not
only because of his
unusual name. His career started in Country Rock.
But the former
boxer, promoter and frontman of the group Harpo
and Slapshot , he
has widened his musical spectrum on the way that
has lead him from
Rhode Island through the cultural melting pots of
New York and L.A.
into the rather quiet of Chapel Hill, NC. On his
latest album Love Won
Out he combines Country, Roots, Blues, Folk and
Jazz. A thrilling mix
that gets even more variety through carefully
dosed hints of Rock'n'Roll
and Latin-Flair. He is an awesome narrator and
procurer of stories and
history. His voice and arrangements awaken a world
that is both his
and the listener's in the 10 songs he has written.
You should listen to
these exquisite, smoothed lyrics very carefully.
This is premium "art-of-
song". To Tokyo Rosenthal it is about the
substance of his stories.
They touch, create friction and don't loose
themselves in cliches. Like
made to contemplate and to "travel-on-the-sofa":
happily sad, richer. Friends of soft ballads will
be very well served with
Love Won Out as well as those, who like it a
little less sentimental once
in a while.
The album opener "St. Patrick's Day" has to be
sticks out through its epic energy and the fleet
footed, elated "I Care If You
Do". In Appalachian feeling, a special joy, which
will also be loved
by lovers of hand-made country music. One of the
favourites of the album
that was produced by Rosenthal and Indie-legend
Chris Stamey is surely
the title song. It is just ingenius how Brent
Lambert refined the song with
his slide guitar and to draw the attention of the
listener. The singer,
songwriter and multi instrumentalist (guitar,
piano, mandolin, drums)
manages to develop the traditional Americana sound
his way and at the
same time to take his hat off to it. This is
exactly what makes Tokyo
Rosenthal an exceptional talent. No wonder
American and European
music magazines shower him with praise. The man
loves and lives the
music he makes. You can feel this in every tone -
and that lets him stand
shoulder to shoulder with the great ones of the
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