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Better

by Borrowed Toys

A unique collection of rock and pop songs that ranged from just plain fun to introspective, but collectively convey a positive message.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. I Know You Know
2:57 $0.99
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2. Wanna Go Back to Sleep
4:37 $0.99
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3. He Dreams
2:32 $0.99
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4. Jenny
3:22 $0.99
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5. A Lot Like Love
3:08 $0.99
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6. You Should Have Been Mine
3:23 $0.99
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7. She Won't Do What She's Told
2:57 $0.99
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8. Let Him Go
5:49 $0.99
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9. Better
4:21 $0.99
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10. Common Point of View
4:17 $0.99
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11. I Wanna Rock
3:14 $0.99
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12. My Own Little World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Produced by two time Grammy award winner Karl Richardson (credits include Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand), Borrowed Toys "Better" consists of twelve original songs written by band members Joe Ciaudelli and Nancy Menhart. Borrowed Toys will donate the 2012 sales to the Lion's Club Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation charity. Fidelco breeds, trains and places guide dogs for the blind.

The album features an all-star line-up of musicians, including New York studio staples Kevin Hupp on drums and Mike Leslie on bass. “I first met this Kevin and Mike when they were playing in the Rick Derringer band,” states Joe Ciaudelli. “Rick has been a major influence in my guitar playing. Naturally I was thrilled when Kevin and Mike signed on to our project. They laid a solid rhythm foundation for the songs.” Producer Karl Richardson further commented, “By the time I got involved in the project, Joe & Nancy had already assembled a top notch team of musicians and engineers. I immediately found the songs fun and accessible.”

The Songs:
1) I Know You Know
A power pop song which is known by fans from the band’s live performances.

2) Wanna Go Back To Sleep,
A driving song with punk flair that fantasizes about being part of a spy duo.

3) He Dreams
A cheerful proclamation of mutual infatuation.

4) Jenny
Folksy and dreamy song of young love

5) A Lot Like Love
A tingly tune with a jazzy drum beat about the discovery of love

6) You Should Have Been Mine
Reflective song of what might have been with strong and passionate vocals

7) She Won’t Do What She’s Told
An upbeat pop song about a wild girl that drives her parents crazy. It features Curt Ramm from Bruce Stringsteen’s E Street Band on trumpet as well as Bill Holloman on saxophones.

8) Let Him Go
Starts with a tribal beat then speaks of an emotional struggle with love.

9) Better
The title track which describes a victorious rebirth that can occur as the result of individual perseverance.

10) Common Point of View
A call to our elected officials to put aside politics and get working on change for the common good.

11) I Wanna Rock
A gritty anthem that has a southern rock feel fueled by New London stalwart John Fries on slide guitar.

12) My Own Little World.
A bohemian style mix of exotic string instruments.

Press Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com
+1 914 602-2913

Band Contact:
CPI Management
+1 212-688-6666
info@CiaProInc.com

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Good Old Days Music Lover

A Diverse Survey Of Modern Pop Music Genres
I found this CD to be a different and very interesting assortment of various pop music genres. Older listeners may recognize a dash of Ronnie Van Zant or Ronnie Wood in the first track, 'I Know You Know'. Track 4 is a song entitled 'Jenny' and if you close your eyes during the intro you'll anticipate hearing Roger McGuinn and David Crosby with the vocals. Track 6 , entitled 'You Should Have Been Mine' has backing tracks reminiscent of The Band. The instrumentation and the "fat back" drumming in track 7, left me with images of the famous McLemore Avenue marquee in Memphis and the licks and riffs of Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson Jr., Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Listen to 'She Won't Do What She's Told' and see if you don't have the same experience.

A review must be critical to be at all credible so here goes. I love all music and just tolerate vocals. I'm very particular about female vocals and if they're not belting the blues from their gut then I'm not a big fan. I found the female vocals on this CD reminiscent of a Bangles album or Leslie Gore on a 45 RPM record. The composition and backing tracks had me expecting Rod Stewart, Steven Stills, Levon Helm and Wilson Pickett vocals. Instead you get Little Peggy March, Marcie Blane and Shelly Fabares. (For those readers younger than 55, this is your cue to Google those names.)

OK enough of my comparative reviews. In general I found the musical composition excellent, the backing track musicianship outstanding and the arrangements and recording production near perfect. The CD is packaged in a very creative holographic cover. I first thought my cataracts had worsened but my sister informed me otherwise. Kudos to Joe Ciaudelli the primary composer and the musicians throughout the production.

"Better" by Borrowed Toys is very much worth the price. You won't be disappointed.
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