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Lemon Parade

TonicAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Casual Affair 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. If You Could Only See 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Soldier's Daughter 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lemon Parade 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mountain 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Thick 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Wicked Soldier 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mr. Golden Deal 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. Celtic Aggression 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. My Old Man 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Six Top 10 singles. Over 4 million records sold. Grammy nominations, platinum albums, numerous awards and hit songs around the world, plus the #1 most-played rock song of 1998. Tonic was a musical powerhouse, merging the raw honesty of rock to unabashed melody…and ushering rock n roll into a new millennium.
Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Not Tonic. The ... Read more in Amazon's Tonic Store

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: July 16, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G73
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For the intro to "Open Up Your Eyes," Tonic's lead guitarist, Jeff Russo, pulls off a wicked little flirtation with the riff from "Badge," and when his guitar gently weeps on "If You Could Only See," Tonic sound enough like Cream-era Clapton to take you back 20 years. The point is, Tonic know how to rock. Russo and singer-rhythm guitarist Emerson Hart make a profoundly talented songwriting team whose material could be put up against anything from R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People. Highlighted by the massively seductive "Casual Affair" and the thunderous epic ballad "Mountain," the songs on Lemon Parade will make you nostalgic for music that doesn't sound like it came from a can. --Gail Worley

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blend of alternative and classic rock January 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you mixed equal parts Zepplin, Deep Purple, Counting Crows and Husker Du, you would end up with a pretty fair description of Tonic. This is a solid album, containing both hard rocking songs like Casual Affair, Mountain, Thick, Wicked Soldier (best song on the cd), and ballads such as Lemon Parade and My Old Man. I originally bought the album for the two singles Open Up your Eyes and If You Could Only See, but after a few times through the cd, I decided they are probably among the weaker tracks on this disk. I would have given this album five stars, but for the fact it tends to get a bit tiresome more quickly than a truly great album - possibly because Emerson Hart's vocals, while quite decent, are nonetheless rather non-distinctive. Good liner notes containing full lyrics - this seems to be a vanishing trend, unfortunately. Overall a solid album that won't generate many regrets from purchasers.

EDIT June 2014: After listening to this album again for the first time in a while, I think I was initially pretty harsh, maybe because its singles got a bit too much airplay years ago. This is an excellent album and I presently think it deserves the 5/5 star rating I changed it to. These songs feature a truly outstanding interplay between edgy guitarwork backed by a driving rhythm section, and great vocal harmonies from lead singer Emerson Hart. This is top-notch rock music, of the kind that those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's lament not being able to hear any more on the radio, at least in current music rather than a classic rock station. Lemon Parade makes Maroon 5 sound like what they are - generic background performers with a falsetto-loving pretty-boy frontman playing blandly inoffensive pop songs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it six stars? September 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I actually wrote a review of "Sugar", Tonic's second album when it was initially released, but realized I had never shared this one...this is where it started.
At first glance, it seems like Tonic hasn't really done anything new musically, but this couldn't be further from the truth. They have taken classic guitar rock and modernized it with a great beat and sound, with just a touch of country. They've also thrown in thoughtful and honest lyrics that don't pull any punches. This is an incredible album.
There is something for everyone, really. "If You Could Only See" and "Lemon Parade" are radio-friendly and very catchy tracks. "Bigot Sunshine", "Celtic Aggression", "Wicked Soldier", and especially "Casual Affair" rock very hard. "Mr. Golden Deal" and "My Old Man" are quieter and more introspective. And "Mountain" and "Soldier's Daughter" (my personal favorite) have a little bit of everything. I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to this CD. Buy it now. :)
While you are doing it, get "Sugar" is awesome too. And finally, if you have the chance to see these guys live, DO IT. They seriously rock.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good things don't need change May 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There's a very classic feel to Tonic's "Lemon Parade," with its straight-ahead rock (with a teeny bit of country and a sprinkling of other areas). The songwriting is very good, the music is a mix of good ballads and simple rock songs like "Bigot Sunshine."
"Open Up Your Eyes" starts off with a guitar-tuning buzz for twenty seconds, before launching into a catchy rock melody; the harder-edged "Casual Affair"; the insistent and softer "If You Could Only See"; the less intriguing but likable "Lemon Parade"; the more country-ish "Mountain"; "Mr. Golden Deal" is unusually lackluster and slow; "Celtic Aggression" is a haunting tribute to the roots of the band members ("So we came across the water/From the shores of the isle of green/Speaking separate tongues/In the death of culture").
Tonic has something that many bands don't have and spend years trying to make up for: Musical talent. It's all about the music. Their songwriting is steady and enticing, with that slight note of dreamlike quality that really good rock songs have. The guitar and percussion are fantastic, hard-hitting and fluid. The music isn't drowned out by electronics. And Emerson Hart's vocals are excellent.
While it's not ultra-heavy rock, it's not fluff either. "Lemon Parade" is a satisfying rock album, well-written and well-performed. Definitely worth a look.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good classic/modern rock CD October 12, 2002
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
This first album by Tonic caught my attention immediately on the strength of its singles, the anthemic leadoff track "Open Up Your Eyes", and the pretty mid-tempo ballad "If You Could Only See". In buying the album and listening to it in its entirety, I was not disappointed.
"Casual Affair", the second track on the album and placed right between the two biggest singles, was a minor rock radio hit and is a rocking song. The pace of the album slows down a bit with such fare as "Soldier's Daughter" and the title track, although both songs are good.
From there on out, the pace is somewhat varied although not that heavy. Tracks like "Wicked Soldier" and "Bigot Sunshine" are solid rockers, while "Mr. Golden Deal" and the nearly six-minute closer "My Old Man" are a bit slow and lacking just a bit in the hooks department.
Overall, this is a very good debut album by Tonic, and it certainly contains their biggest hits to date. Better than this, in my opinion, is the follow up album "Sugar", which lacks the big hits (although I heard a few of the songs on radio for a time) but has more memorable songs with better hooks overall. Nonetheless, this album is still recommended as a good hybrid of classic and modern rock. Hopefully, their newly-released album, which I have yet to hear, will be good as well. This band clearly deserves more credit than it has gotten thus far in its young career.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought this CD at a pawn shop - the cover looked interesting and I thought ahh why not I'll gamble. This time I won. The music is smooth and energetic - the vocals are great! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rootsy/Modern Rock
This is a really solid record. Earnest, tasteful songwriting, lots of guitars and a consistent feel all the way through. Read more
Published 6 months ago by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars rock
if you like this type of rock this is a good album. If you play in a band you can
learn a little rhythm.
Published 9 months ago by Virgogal
5.0 out of 5 stars No lemons on this one.
I used to put this in the cd player and just play it all the way through. Some songs are better than others but none of them are bad. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Quality and sound was great along with the packaging. Made a nice perfect christmas gift for just the right person.
Published 20 months ago by bob fayette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
No skips on this CD! The case is original and intact. I've enjoyed this album more than any of the others I've bought recently. Thank you for such a high quality product.
Published 21 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars review
great cd! I listen to it all the time. It got shipped to me quickly so I was able to enjoy this cd sooner. Everyone should buy this!
Published on June 27, 2012 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT , Product, Great seller , thank you A+
Product as discribed and shipping was very fast. Would buy from again A+
Tonic, what a great band. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by surefire
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend everyone to buy from this seller!
Cd arrived quickly and the disc had no damage and It plays great! I would recommend my friends to buy from this seller and everyone else! Very satisfied with my purchase.
Published on January 28, 2011 by Lana
4.0 out of 5 stars A seminal post-grunge piece
Tonic's greatest strength is melody. Because of this, and because the guitarwork in Lemon Parade is reasonably sophisticated (a lot more so than their following efforts), it's the... Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Nigel Dear
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