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      29.01.2002 15:40
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      Toploader have busted onto the music scene with a vengeance recently and have become an over night success. Perhaps best known for 'Dancing in the moonlight' and associated with Jamie 'The Naked Chef' Oliver and the Sainsbury's corporation, Toploader are so much more. Having heard about this band on the grape vine I bought this album and I must say it is astonishing. Toploader are a very quality band and should not be pigeon-holed because of Sainsbury's and the look adopted by the lead singer. This album shows the music industry that Toploader are not only a very talented but also versatile band, with the different range of music you can find on this album. From the up-beat and well known 'Dancing in the moonlight', to the overly romantic and smoochy 'Achilles heal' and other such excellent numbers, Toploader have in 'Onka's Big Moka' an excellent debut album, in fact this would rank alongside the greatest debuts of all time, along with Nevermind and Murmur. Having been likened to the rising Coldplay I think Toploader have nothing to worry about in the competition market. There are some excellent tracks on this album, and I think they could easily lift about 3 or 4 easily top 10 songs, after the re-release of Dancing in the moonlight, Toploader have been thrust to the forefront of the mass market, I believe they need to move away from this to avoid becoming one-hit-wonders. The recent single 'Only for a while' was for me the best song on the album but the tracks, 'let the people know' 'high flying bird' and 'summer cycle' are all worthy of being run past the British market. The only criticism I would have of this album, and lets face it everyone is allowed an iffy song, 'Floating away in the bath-tub'? Come on lads, it was fun, but what was that about? This is easily the best album I have purchased this year, and would recommend it to everyone and anyone,
      and anyone who thinks Toploader can only do 'dancing in the moonlight' buy it and have your eyes opened. They are so much more than you think.

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        31.08.2001 01:35
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        This CD has been out for a while now, and I’m sure you would of heard of some of their music. Like “Dancing in the moonlight”. This CD has 11 tracks, which isn’t very many. This is one thing that I didn’t like because I expected at least 12 tracks. When I first heard about Toploader I thought that they sounded quite good and I thought that I would give them a chance. When I listened to their album my opinion of them completely changed. I have to say that I didn’t actually but this album and I’m glad I didn’t because I think it’s a waste of money. My friend let me borrow it and when I listened to three tracks I had to turn it off because I thought it was totally rubbish. I was so disappointed with it, I thought it would be better but it wasn’t. I don’t think I can actually say that I have a favorite song because they are all pretty trash. If I had to choose a favorite song then I will have to pick NO 3 “Alkali’s heal”. I don’t really like this song very much, but it’s ok. The thing I don’t like about Toploader is the singers voice I can’t stand it, it drives me up the wall. It’s so rusty and rough it sounds horrible. To me it sounds like he’s pushing his voice too much and he’s getting this scratchy sound. It’s dreadful! Although some of the songs on this album do have good starts, but when the singing cuts in it ruins the whole song. I think that NO 8 has a good start, but only lasts for 30 seconds, which is a shame. When listening to this CD I thought that track NO 11, the first bit sounded a lot like the theme tune to Toy story. Is it? I don’t know. I’ve noticed that all of the songs on this album are all the same to each other. I like songs that are different to each other, not all the same. This is yet another fault with this album. Toploader have a weird s
        tyle, which is hip-hop. I do like most hip hop music but I hate this. It doesn’t really work for me. I knew I didn’t like it from listening to four songs. When listening to their album I’ve also noticed that most of their songs contain stringed instruments, which don’t really work for me. I think they should stick to their classical music because it makes the songs song worse. If someone bought me a song by Toploader then I would have to take it back because I wouldn’t be able to listen to it. I don’t have anything against Toploader well I don’t really like the singers voice. It’s just that their music isn’t really what I go for. Over all I didn’t like this album one bit. I would never consider buying it because it’s a waste of money as you only get 11 tracks. I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend because none of them will like it. If you really like Toploader then you will like this. I hate to say this but Britney’s better then Toploader (wow I’ve actually said something good about Britney). I will never buy any of their music because it’s not worth the money and I would never borrow it because it will hurt my ears listening to it. I expect there will be some people out there will disagree with me and think that Toploader are wicked, and I bet there are some people who think they are rubbish like me. Sorry to all those Toploader fans, but I’m giving you my honest opinion and that’s what I’m supposed to do.

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          28.05.2001 05:29
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          As part of the Unison Living Wage concert at Manchester Evening News Arena, Toploader agreed to play a set of about 45 minutes, along with other well established artists - Dum Dums, Wheatus, Idlewild and Catatonia. At £10, this concert was a bargain, especially knowing that some of your money is going to help people. I have seen Toploader once before at Hull University, although missed the majority of the set waiting for a friend to get ready. I also have their album, which makes my hairs stand up on end. They are simply amazing. Definitely better than recorded even. They have this kind of power on stage. It's difficult to describe to be honest. Not only do their songs have immense meaning and most can relate to them, but they have unbelievable talent and appear totally focused on stage. Although they are not usually the type of band that I would pay to go and see, I would definitely go and see them again. 'Achilles Heel' is by far their best song with most emotion. Amazing was the word of the night (well, for Toploader and Idlewild at least!).

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