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A Single Angry Word from Tony Hightower

by Tony Hightower

Beautiful pop songs, that paint beautiful pictures, for beautiful people.
Genre: Pop: Garage Pop
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1. Sides of My Shoes
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2. The Waves
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3. A Single Angry Word
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4. Somebody Turns On a Radio
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5. Annex in February
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6. A Single Angry Word
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7. Low Fire
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8. So the Hell What
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9. I'll Have Fun If It Kills Me
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10. Picaresco
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11. Dina Doesn't Talk to Boys
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12. Christie Pits Story
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Album Notes
New York-born, Toronto-raised Tony Hightower is quite possibly the best songwriter left in either place.

His richly textured stories of real people working, falling in & out of love and lust, making and atoning for their mistakes and reveling in the promise of each new day may mostly share as their setting the cultural melting pot of downtown Toronto, but his themes are universal.

Tony's artfully artless songs light up the mind like klieg lights, while his ear for a great hook and his boundless energy take the listener anywhere they want to go.

He takes you to the precipice of disaster again and again, peering over with you, giving you a push, pulling you back, whispering, Saved your life.

You find yourself really caring about the characters in his songs: why Dina has given up trying to talk to boys - whether Toucan will pass his audition and not bust his knuckles in some brawl while out on his big date with Rita - or Joey's last all-night crawl through the old haunts in tribute to his dead friend, Leyna.


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Richard Hughes, Good Times Magazine

This is the work of a songwriter at the top of his form.
A Single Angry Word, his 2nd full-length CD, and the follow-up to his 1996 debut Messiahs Galore, finds him at the top his form as both a performer and a songwriter. Some of the highlights of the CD include "The Waves", a first-person account from an obsessed would-be boyfriend ("I'd kill another Beatle / If I thought it would impress you"); the sad and poignant "Annex in February" ("There's more smoke than air in the air in here / I can hear you, but I can barely see you"); the clever and frenetic "Dina Doesn't Talk To Boys"; and "So The Hell What", a clever tale of a couple that just can't stop torturing each other ("And if you're trapped in a prison of your own design / Then so the hell what, so the bloody hell what!"). A special bonus is a cover of Toronto indie musician Max Metrault's "Picaresco" ("They say I'm jaded and tres blase / They say I don't give a damn what they say / They say I've got no business being sooooo / Picaresco!").

This is a very strong album from an artist who is just beginning to reach the height of his powers.

Liz Smith-

Throughout each song, he slips in verses that paint a picture of the scene for
Tony's Hightower's indescribable angst is expressed through his musical stories. The song lyrics are tridimensional. They tell a story. Throughout each one, he slips in verses that paint a picture of the scene for your mind's eye. Eventually you are transplanted into his surroundings. He reminds me of the contemporary french poet Jacques Prevert.

There's hardly a song today on the radio that even comes close to the depth and the true human spirit of Hightower's songwriting. Maybe Alanis. Despite the upbeat tone of the music, he goes from nostalgia to rebellion and then back again. This artist not only has talent but he has substance. Hightower writes about life and love with the passion and drama last heard in Greenwich Village coffee houses in the 1960's. But he writes from a 90's cafe/coffee house perspective a la Toronto but it could very well be any city in any era.