Riviera CD (2002)

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Big Head Todd And The Monsters is not a remake of a scary horror film. They are, however, a scary great rock group punctuated with one "Guitar God" in the name of Todd Park Mohr. Along with his two mates, Brian Nevin (on drums and vocals), and Rob Squires (on bass and vocals), the group has evolved musically and professionally to even higher ground since they first started playing music together at Colorado's Columbine High School where they chose their band name in homage to blues hero Eddie "Clean Head" Vinson. Having attained platinum sales status for Sister Sweetly along with two more (close to gold releases) Strategem and Beautiful World, Big Head Todd And The Monsters are releasing their first new studio album in four years entitled Riviera on their own Big Records label. They have more than 2,500 live dates under their collective belts and performing live is where the band lives. Their live shows are incendiary. Todd's scorching guitar licks and quiet charisma is a wonderful counterpoint to the easy give and take between him and lifelong friends bassist Rob and drummer Brian. Riviera is a fully realized collection of rousing rock songs reflecting a sense of hope and strength that's perfect for 2002. Highlights include the straight-ahead topical rocker "Freedom Fighter," the mid-tempo 'should I stay or should I go' heartbreaker "Again and Again," and the flat-out love plea "Julianna." The first single is: "Wishing Well," a hard rocking spacious song showcasing what a matured, well-oiled machine this longtime three-man unit has become. Mohr, the band's songwriter, says that Riviera came into being over the past four years. While pointing to a Latin sensuality and spirit that run through the album--and inspired the title--Todd says, "I sort of piloted each song as its own little Latin movie... the album is half Gabriel Marquez romance and half Clash war ballad." Mohr has also said, however, that Riviera is purely rock 'n roll. "Primarily, it's a rock record. There are not a lot of really band-oriented, raw records out there right now, like the first two Police albums and the early Pretenders stuff. There's an excitement to that, that is similar to Riviera.


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 60527710
UPC 093624826620
UPC 14 00093624826620
Format CD
Release Date 3/26/2002
Author Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Compilation Appearance To Do List
Technical Info
Producer Todd Park Mohr
CatalogID 48266
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 03/26/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624826620
Album Notes and Credits
Big Head Todd & The Monsters: Todd Park Mohr (vocals, guitar); Rob Squires (bass, background vocals); Brian Nevin (drums, background vocals).
Quietly continuing to pursue their muse as fellow H.O.R.D.E. brethren like The Dave Matthews Band continue to operate on a higher profile plane, Big Head Todd And The Monsters use their seventh album RIVIERA as a passport back to the band's more stripped-down sound of earlier releases. To that end, the Colorado-based trio severed their ties to major label Giant Records, instead opting to resurrect the band's indie imprint Big Records, which was initially used to release the band's 1989 debut ANOTHER MAYBERRY.
Todd Park Mohr's world-weary drawl proves to be the perfect match for stirring songs like the yearning twang-fest "Julianna" and languid "Jet." With fellow Monsters Rob Squires and Brian Nevin complimenting Mohr's low-key but muscular guitar playing, songs like the anthemic "Freedom Fighter," chugging "Wishing Well" and simmering "Again And Again" hint at the effortless synergy Big Head Todd's have come to enjoy in the band's decade-plus existence. RIVIERA ends up being a destination fans of rootsy music should immediately head to.
Disc 1
1 Julianna
2 Freedom Fighter
3 Hysteria
4 Again And Again
5 Runaway Train
6 Wishing Well
7 Jet
8 Secret Mission
9 Gary Indiana Blues
10 Riviera
11 Universal Mom
Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News ...a guitar-rock album, full of tasty hooks and some of Mohr's strongest songwriting, from the beautiful opening "Julianna" to the muscular "Runaway Train"...

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