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Harnell, Tony & The Mercury Train: Round Trip
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Harnell, Tony & The Mercury Train:
Round Trip

Melodic Rock
4.75/5.0

Tony Harnell (TNT, Westworld, Starbreaker), one the best and most versatile rock vocalists of this generation, is turning some of his best songs on their heads. Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train re-imagine and reinvent some of his favorite songs from his lengthy car. Started in 2008 with some low-key gigs in New York City with musicians outside of the hard rock field, Harnell offered these songs to the musicians and give them carte blanche to rework them.

Round Trip is more than a simple acoustic rendition and better than the notorious albums of the 'unplugged' variety. Key changes, chords, and sometimes even arrangements were changed. The result is quite entertaining. Familiar songs like Lonely Nights and Satellite remain familiar, but have a refreshing unexpected presence. The song 10K Lovers has a breezy feel echoing equally jazz, blues, and pop elements. When I'm Away sounds like 60's southern California with a bit of country style. Anywhere But Here is given a near Beatle-esque treatment. The breadth and depth of creativity for these reinventions is most excellent. Throughout Harnell remains in his element, and sounds better than ever. He moves between each song with effortless zeal proving, once more, he is a great rock vocalist.

Round Trip finds Tony Harnell and his friends The Mercury Train doing a retrospective reinventions of some of his best songs. The songs are breathtaking reimaginations, and Mr. Harnell has never sounded better. Strongly recommended!




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Round Trip finds Tony Harnell and his friends The Mercury Train doing a retrospective reinventions of some of his best songs. The songs are breathtaking reimaginations, and Mr. Harnell has never sounded better.

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