Toxic Audio – Word of Mouth (DRG Records)

by | Jun 2, 2005 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Toxic Audio – Word of Mouth; DRG Records DRG-CD-94775 CD ***1/2 (eclectic listeners), ** (everyone else): 

Toxic Audio is a five-member theatrical vocal band that began singing
to sold-out houses at the 1998 Orlando International Fringe
Festival.  Disney execs hired them to play six shows a day for
crowds of 3000 and more for a year.  They were crowned National
Champions at the 2000 National Harmony Sweepstakes.  Think of
Manhattan Transfer with spoken voice and a vocal beat-box sound like
Bobby McFerrin and you’ll have an idea of what to expect on this
record.  All the sounds on the recording are made by the human
voice.  From a technical standpoint the production is impressive
and sound quality of the record is quite nice.  The disc is a
compilation album containing the best of their material from 1998-2004
as well as four new tracks and the disc insert has brief liner notes on
each selection.  The majority of the tracks are covers, so the
song listing should be somewhat familiar.  The choices comprise a
wide range of genres from pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, country, disco, to
R&B.  Til Tuesday’s “Voices Carry” seems to be the strangest
pick of the lot, and one of the longest songs on the disc.  Step
cautiously into the world of Toxic Audio, but once you are there expect
to have a grand ole time. 

included are:  Caffeine; (Put The Lime In The) Coconut; Splanky;
Bring Me To Life; Stand By Me; Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?; All I
Gotta Do; Route 66; Putting Words In My Mouth; Turn The Beat Around;
Voices Carry; If I Only Had A Brain; You Can’t Stop The Beat.

-Brian Bloom

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