Elements of country, folk, blues, rock, and Tex-Mex rhythms are brought
together by singer-songwriter-guitarist Tokyo Rosenthal on
his newest CD, Tokyos Fifth. Alternating between being
finely groomed and rustically textured, the recording is a genuine
expression of heartland country fluctuating between feeling dreamy
and airy and being stocky and bolstering stomping rhythms.
Orchestral strings weave in and out of the melodic sequences of This
Ship Will Sail as bluesy wavelets shape the melodic phrases
of Waste of a Heart. The peppy tempo of Mulberry
Place is garnished in flighty fiddles traveling into a cruising
rhythm along What Did I Used To Be. The Tex-Mex flare
of The Immigrant is winged by Spanish-toned guitar chords
and slinky bistro-esque accordion patterns. Rosenthals lyrics
reflect about a time lost, I have fallen from your graces /
Far away from Mexico / Asking me to show my papers / Every line I
find Im in
Tell me which way to go / I have fallen from
your graces / Looking up from far below.
Rosenthals remake of John Lennon and Paul McCartneys
hit single Helter Skelter takes on a country rock vibe
gliding into the gentle flutter of roaming strings and guitar swirls
trellising Killaloe and anchored by Rosenthals tenor
register. Smoke and Mirror is a piano-driven melody singed
by flamenco guitar chords and bolts of grazing acoustic strums. The
country western shading of We Put You Down shifts into
the breezy tempo of Thank You, Youre Beautiful soldered
by sunny ringlets and a light sprint in Rosenthals vocals.
Both vintage folk and modern country have a place in Tokyo Rosenthals
new recording. He works with them both, the music of his past and
the music of today, exhibiting their complementing facets to be shaped
into songs that are conducive to a laid-back lifestyle.
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