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Cigarettes and Gasoline

Emerson HartAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music & Marketing
  • ASIN: 5557724966
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Music, Lyrics, and Production July 20, 2007
By D. Webb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Too many times with solo break-out artists, the first album tends to sound forced and overproduced. With the exception of a few tracks, the production quality is excellent and remains understated on this album. The focus remains were it should with a singer/songwriter, on the lyrics and the guitar. I was fortunate to see Emerson play most of these songs live in January and was pleased that I didn't have to wade through excessive backing vocals and session players to recognize the songs on the first listen.

The high points of the album include the acoustic song, "Green Hills Race For California", the first single, "If You're Gonna Leave", and the awesome lyrics of "Flyin'" and "When She Loves You". This CD may not leave my player for weeks.

If you enjoyed the band Tonic for the lyrical depth and vocals, you will not be disappointed with this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing October 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, this is by far my favorite album of the year, and one of my favorites in a long time. The songwriting is simply sensational, the music is diverse and offers something for everyone. There are some very acoustic, bare-sounding tracks, some very well produced full tracks, and lots in between. If You're Gonna Leave is everything that a hit single should be, and Cigarettes and Gasoline is a ballad which is a heartfelt remembrance of a simpler time. I would highly recommend this as "chill" music. If you want hard rock, go elsewhere, but if you want mellow, but catchy riffs along with well-written and inspired lyrics, you want this album.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Like other reviewers, I've been a fan of Emerson Hart since Tonic first hit the airwaves. I love his lyrics and music, and the amazing things he can do with his voice. I wasn't as in love with the music of Tonic, after the first CD, but Hart remains a favorite. (Although like many, I believe Tonic was underrated and underplayed, I think it may be going too far to say they were the MOST underrated! Close to it, maybe - but they did have platinum sales, so hey, they did better than Nick Drake when he was alive!)

All the songs on this CD are solid, with great music and great lyrics, and none, thankfully, suffer from over-production. I think the first single, "If You're Gonna Leave," will soon suffer from over-air-play, and I already hear faint distant criticism of it as puff-pop with a great hook. It is MUCH more than that, and I hope the critics see that. Although I like them all, two of my personal favorites are "Green Hills Race for California;" the guitar work is brilliant, and mixing it with the cello was the perfect touch; the lyrics are both subtle and sad. My other favorite is the title track, "Cigarettes and Gasoline." It takes us back to Hart's Irish roots, much as "Celtic Aggression" did on Tonic's Lemon Parade, but with less aggro and more wistfulness, as he recalls fishing boats in the Irish morning. I miss, just a little, Tonic bassist Jeff Russo's harmonies, but Hart has assembled a fantastic line of musicians here and his voice is all that's needed.

One thing that struck me is that this sounds like a break-up album - yet Emerson Hart thanks his wife Nicole: "You are and will always be my inspiration" and he means it. Amazing. This is, and will be for many fans, one of those rare CDs where you like every song, and don't want to fast-forward past any of them to get to that "one song." If you buy this, you won't be sorry!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World Needs More Music Like This... August 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of Tonic for years, I was expecting very good things from Emerson Hart's first solo effort. Upon hearing "If You're Gonna Leave" on the radio I anxiously awaited this album's release. I had no idea, however, how the album would completely blow me away, both with Emerson's earnest lyrics and his masterful melodies. The songs are not contrived or overly "pop-ish", as with many solo debuts. Too often artists tend to dumb down their artistry in an effort to gain a greater fan base or more airplay. It's evident that Emerson stayed true and allowed his past experiences to filter into his music. I find these nuances to be very touching.

My current favorite tracks include "Cigarettes and Gasoline", "If You're Gonna Leave" and "Run To" but since this album is not leaving my iPod anytime soon, I know the other tracks will be growing on me as well. Buy this if you're a Tonic fan, or buy it if you're just a fan of well-crafted music that sounds as good on the 1,000th listen as it did on the first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Effort... August 2, 2007
By G. Dye
Format:Audio CD
I'm listening to "Cigarettes and Gasoline" as I write this and have worked my way down to Track #9 ("When She Loves You"). I truly don't remember the last time I instantly loved a CD from start to finish upon the first listen.

I admit...I'm a Tonic fan from all the way back to "Lemon Parade", but believe that Emerson recorded three albums with Tonic to prepare creatively (and fiscally) for his career AFTER Tonic.

If you're tired of the commercial machine that powers the music industry and the "music" it turns out (knowing, of course, that Emerson Hart records for major label Manhattan), buy this album. It sounds like the label believes entirely in Hart and allowed him an "album" instead of more "product."

With songwriting SO far above average, scaled back but creative production techniques, and simply some of the best songs of the last several years, "Cigarettes and Gasoline" is an incredible start to an already great musical history.

In other words, you won't be disappointed. ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson is an amazing writer and puts life on display for us in ...
A must have for any Tonic fan. Emerson is an amazing writer and puts life on display for us in a poetic way.
Published 1 month ago by SweetPea
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Emerson Hart does not disappoint. Great songs and a fantastic voice. Love his work with Tonic and this is the icing on the cake.
Published 4 months ago by trappedinthis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice
I ordered this CD after ordering the most recent Tonic release. This band is great and Emerson Hart is awesome. Highly recommend this CD.
Published on December 29, 2011 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good
I knew about one Tonic song in the 90s ("If You Could Only See") but overall never really paid attention to them. Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by Emgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd solo artist
Being a tonic fan, I just had to check this one out! Not as rocky but well put together lyrics as expected. Disk was as described new and well priced thank you :-)
Published on November 7, 2011 by Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars First CD I have felt compelled to buy in a decade!
I have been enjoying this album thoroughly... it has not left my CD player since I got it several weeks ago! Read more
Published on May 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST!
Simply put, this is one of the best recordings I've ever heard. It really pays to search out the truly GREAT music. Read more
Published on October 1, 2008 by D. Haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I was hoping this cd would be as good as I hoped, but I never thought it would be better than that. There are very few albums in which one can listen from start to finish and... Read more
Published on May 5, 2008 by B. A. Goings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
If you love Tonic, there is no doubt you will love this album. Lots of really fantastic songs!
Published on March 22, 2008 by S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love, Love, Love this CD!
I bought this CD for one song, as I often do, and I love this whole CD. It's not to often that that happens. Usually I am sorry I bought the whole CD, but not this time!
Published on March 2, 2008 by loves to read
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