GOOD TIMES Magazine Record Review
Issue 912 - 26 April 2005
TOMMY WILLIAMS - Two Hundred
Anyone who has ever met Tommy Williams or heard him perform will tell you: This is a pro's pro. With a sterling career track record including a stint as musical director and guitar player for Deborah Gibson as well as his current gig as a member of the popular Wonderous Stories (see our feature in issue 910), Williams has shown he's a rare commodity in the area music scene - a rocker with an ear for melody. His work on Two Hundred proves his future is limitless, either with Wonderous Stories or as a solo artist. The entire disc merges Williams' educated pop sensibility with his nonpareil singing and arranging talents. Best cuts include "Ode To Judy," which sounds like a hit record with a great hook and soaring melody; album opener "Where Are You Now"; and "Over And Over Again," which closes the disc yet sticks in the mind for a long time, the mark of a good pop song.
Williams' wholly original sound makes him hard to pigeonhole, so we'll put it this way: If you're a fan of anyone from The Beatles to Destiny's Child, you'll be a fan of Tommy Williams. He's already been a national success, a rock craftsman who no doubt will be heard both in this region and throughout the country.
For more information, log onto tommywilliams.net.
Produced by Tommy and recorded (in dirty analog) by GEORGE MARSHALL (assisted by GLENN MOSES) at PIE Studios in Glen Cove, New York (JOAN OSBORNE; CHEAP TRICK; AEROSMITH), and mastered by BOB LUDWIG at GATEWAY Mastering / DVD of Portland, Maine, it features, among others, the songs "Writing On The Wall," "Two Hundred," "Ode To Judy," and "Forever."
In addition to Tommy's vocals, guitars, mandolin, organ, piano and mellotron, it features:
ADAM SNYDER (a Swiss watch carved out of the Rock of Gibraltar) on drums (Click here - Adam's web site!)
SCOTT DURYEA (he's been playing with Tommy since their '80's stint in MAZARIN) on bass
TOMMY MANDEL (of BRYAN ADAMS, DIRE STRAITS and IAN HUNTER fame) on organ and piano (Click here - Tommy's web site!)
HOLLI ANN LA ROCCA (the one and only) on backing vocals
...and the fabulous cellists MAUREEN MC DERMOTT and LAURA BONTRAGER of the group CELLO!
on the new michelle penn CD