Album review
For You Only
Tonca & Friends
Bronese N.V.

Tracking list

  1. He Had You Hung Up
  2. Amigo Con Nos
  3. Those Of You
  4. You, Mustang Sally
  5. Your Feeling Is Mine
  6. Don't Touch Tomorrow
  7. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss (To Love You)
  8. Happiness
  9. Take Me Back
  10. Who Told You To ?
  11. Don't Let The Sun Go Down
  12. Sign Off
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3 Backing : 5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

This is another album from St. Maarten's Tonca (here still spelled Tounka) and his musical Friends, and is another treat, I found the vocals less impressive than on 1988s "Jah Jah Will Unite Us", but don't know why, it might be in the mix/production, it's just a feeling. Some more lovers' tunes, a few more covers, but still strong original and conscious tracks featured, and all lyrics are also this time provided in the booklet.
The opening track "He Had You Hung Up" is a cover of the Bobby Bird song, set to a more poppy sounding but very fitting reggae riddim. "Amigo Con Nos" is a track heavily influenced by the Spanish Caribbean sounds, sounding very friendly, with again prominent horns and a wonderful piano sound, but serious lyrics 'We have strived so hard and so long for this land that we love, but it is in the hands of some clowns', perhaps the strongest track of the album . The horns are again very firmly on the foreground in "For Those Of You", a moving tribute to those who died for peace. "You, Mustang Sally" is a strong song about aids, and the false accusation 'it's from blacks'. "You Hurt My Feelings" is a cover of an Otis Redding's song, and is I think less suitable for Tonca's voice.  The next song is an upful message, in which all falls again in exactly the right spot. "Kiss, Kiss,Kiss" is a very pleasant love song, in which the horns again lay some very nice accents. "Take Me Back" is another song that is strong, but profits from the horn song to reach a higher region, a great plea to a girl to be taken back, with very good female backing vocals. "Who Told You To?" is aimed at the superpowers 'Who told you to get involved, who told you to police the world', over a strong riddim, with again great horns and backing vocals. The cover of Elton John's "Sun Going Down" was a very pleasnat surprise, this really is a wonderful rendition, which in opinion could climb pop charts, without sounding like a cross-over song, pure musical goodness. "Sign Off" is an instrumental with a wonderful relaxed vibe(and yes, it does feature the horns as soloists). I do believe Tonca is easily able to grab your attention with this album, so check it out and get the other albums too.
Other albums by Tonca that are reviewed on these pages are "Jah Jah Will Unite Us", and Tonca's latest release "Committed To Jah".

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