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Love and Tonic

by Blame It On Jane

Bonnie Raitt meets Rolling Stones. Blues, rock 'n' roll -- Jane Adams is one hot vocalist...
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Feel Like a Fool
3:35 album only
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2. Take Me Now
3:56 album only
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3. Boy from Boonville
5:57 album only
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4. Love & Tonic
4:13 album only
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5. Hip Hugging Dress
4:16 album only
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6. Only One
4:38 album only
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7. Old No. 7
4:20 album only
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8. Falling Up
3:41 album only
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9. River Road
3:58 album only
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10. Laundry
5:12 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"When you hear the heart-pounding beat and whimsical lyrics
of Jane Adams' latest album, "Love & Tonic," you'll feel nothin' but love."
- "Dear Carrie" Langdon, Hillzoo.com

Who says Capitol Hill doesn't know how to rock? Blame it on Jane has the ordinarily starchy employees of the U.S. Congress trading in their loafers and pumps for dance shoes, their briefcases for cocktails. In a city marked by grave seriousness, this outfit aims to serve up what our Founding Fathers gave us the right to pursue: a good time.

In this, the age of manufactured sensations - all spicy girls and backstreet boys - this band plays bona fide, genuine, and sincere rock music, with tinctures of blues, country, and everything in between. Far from considering it a liability, they cherish and trumpet their versatility: Blame it on Jane likes to think it could tear the roof off of any sucker - the Apollo, the Ryman, or a boozy blues joint on Beale Street.

The band lineup is as follows: Jane Adams, vocals; Scott Galupo, electric guitar; Chris Wheeler, bass; Stephen Northrup, saxophone and vocals; Alex Nguyen, percussion and drums; Jeff Quattro, keyboards; and John Penovich, electric guitar and vocals. Three of them are found frequently to be gallivanting through the halls of Congress. Jane is a lobbyist for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Stephen is a lobbyist for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association and Scott is a senior political editor at Voter.com. Pols by day, rockers by night - no easy task, that, and a fine picture of graceful moonlighting.

The group performs original compositions as well as covers - ranging from classic rock to country, contemporary pop to blues. This admixture of styles produces a unique sound all their own, one that is hard to pin down but harder to resist.

Blame it on Jane has performed for numerous members of Congress, the Republican National Convention, the Congressional Baseball Game, Capitol Hill fundraisers and regularly performs political groups including the Young Elephants PAC and the women of RightNow. In a town of fierce political loyalties, Blame it on
Jane remains strictly bipartisan, despite securing favored status among many House Republican members and their staffs.

Blame it on Jane frequently appears at some of Washington D.C.'s best music venues including the Birchmere Music Hall, the State Theatre, IOTA, Whitlows on Wilson, and has made a guest appearance at New York's famous CBGB's in the East Village. The band offers a brief respite from the heady and
interminable buzz of Washington politics, and in its stead offers up a new buzz - an atmosphere of spontaneous relaxation, dance, and perhaps even a little inspiration. Amid the mass banality of music in a metropolitan area not generally known for its music scene, Blame it on Jane is something special. So, come see for yourself and - so to speak - lay the blame on Jane.

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Kate

Surprisingly, refreshingly varied and gorgeous!
So I bought this CD because I'd read about Jane's work on Capitol Hill and heard rave reviews of her many other talents, and it didn't really worry me what it sounded like. You know that occasional purchase you make just to say "that's so cool, good on you, keep it up"? Well, was I pleasantly surprised! Smoothy cruisy vocals from Jane and other band members too, together with a broad mix of styles throughout the CD, had my ears pricking up every few minutes. Thanks Jane! (And a special thanks to CD Baby for cleverly making your CDs accessible and affordable for us people on the other side of the world - much appreciated!)
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mike shapiro

Take Me Now is a standout Track
Take Me Now is reason enough to buy the CD. It's a beautiful catchy pop tune that could be a radio hit. I listen to hundreds of female vocalists every year and can say Blame It On Jane makes the A-List!
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Michael Harrington

Love and Tonic Succeeds
It kind of takes guts to name your band Blame it on Jane and then release an album of original material. It takes guts because if the album or the material sucks, the world knows who to blame.

Perhaps realizing this, Jane Adams and the rest of BIOJ pull out all the stops with Love and Tonic. It really shows, as this record crisply produced with tight arrangements. There is hardly an ounce of fat on any of the songs.

The record starts off with "Feel Like a Fool" which sounds like Fleetwood Mac meets Bruce Springsteen. It's the strongest cut on the album.

Next is Take Me Now, a nice easy listening song, followed by The Boy From Boonville. Many people will like the story contained in the song, but what I found interesting was the end of the song, which introduces a new theme. Most songwriters would have just ended the song (the riff is introduced well over 3 minutes into the song) but Jane and Scott Galupo, the writers, instead make a good song better by going the extra mile. It's a mark of good songwriting when the writer does not take the lazy, predictable, (but perfectly acceptable) way out.

The disc also contains the chugging "Hip Hugging Dress" and BIOJ's concert staple "Falling Up". The disc ends with "Laundry" which despite the banal title, excudes a certain hang dog charm.

Overall, Jane and Co. should be very pleased with their effort. The quality of songs remains even throughout (no peaks or valleys) and their isn't a bum track present.

If you want to see the care and effort put into this disc, check out the album cover, and compare it to other releases. Nobody buys a CD for the art, and frankly for a home grown effort, a nice picture would have sufficed, and certainly would have been cheaper. But like the music, nothing on this disc is slapdash, and the smallest details are attended to -- from the back cover to bass line.
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