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Music Review: The Promise of Compromise – Tokyo Rose

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Tokyo Rose is a three men New Jersey-based pop-rock band consisting of Ryan Dominguez, Chris Poulsen, and Jake Margolis. The Promise of Compromise is their third album, which they began writing after touring with a number of bands that included Taking Back Sunday, The Rocket Summer, and Sherwood. According to the guys, this new album is their most upbeat and listener-friendly of the collection.

I listened to this band about everyday to relax, chill out. I have had the hardest time trying to figure out a way how I'm going to write this review. Heck, it's been a month or so since I started listening to it. Some of you may say that I'm a procrastinator, but that's not the case here. I simply don't know how to write about a band that struck such a positive chord with me. I mean how do you describe music, and especially music that you like? It's hard. But I'll try my best to give you my best.

Tokyo Rose reminds me of HelloGoodbye, but is reminiscent of Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy. I hate having to put a label on their music, but I thought it would help everyone to have a better idea of what to expect. That being said I find their music punk rock with a bit of emo in it. Their sound consists of predominately drums, electric guitars, synthesizer, and keyboard. Both the keyboard and the synthesizer add a more upbeat tone to the experience.

The band was definitely right when they said that they created a listener-friendly and sanguine sound. There are plenty of interesting guitar riffs, which make you want to jump around and create a mosh pit right there in your room. Vocal/guitarist, Ryan Dominguez said it best in the press statement, "We were looking for more polished sounds…" on the decision to use six amps thus creating a wall of sound. The music flows and there is no imbalance between the instruments and the vocals.

Being in college, I'm consistently surrounded by the sounds of local bands. There is so much here. College is about experiencing new things, and many people choose to branch out in their music. Tokyo Rose, with its unique sound, would definitely find home here on campus. I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a following already. Their songs are down-to-earth and about us, human beings.

For example, "Can I Change Your Mind?" talks about how a guy has to chose his words carefully when talking to this girl because she wants to run away from the broken pieces of her heart. He asks her "so what do I oughta do to ch-ch-change your mind?/ the way your body moving/ I can see that you're trying to find your way out of this" and proceeds to tell her that he's willing to take a risk with her. This song is one of my favorites.

Another is "Right as Rain", in which someone is trying to convince another person that they are right for them, despite what everyone else says "Don't hear every word your mama says/She right on all accounts/ but one, the one/ where I'm right for you as rain." I simply love this verse, it is so true. Constantly, people tell you what to do, but ultimately you have to follow your heart.

Would I recommend this CD to someone? In a heartbeat! I for one keep jamming to it all the time, especially in my car. If you happen to be driving down I-57 in Illinois and find yourself next to a car, where a girl is singing her head off, that's probably me. For whatever mood I'm in, there's a song on that CD that fits it. I guess, that is what makes it so appealing is the versatility of the music. Thus, I find Tokyo Rose to be a diamond in the rough!

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