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Tn'T - "Don't Let Go"(Mind Expanding Soul/Funk)'T (Tom Chappell) is an acronym. It stands for Tom and Trish. On one hand, the two of them are the antithesis of the stereotypes that surround our media driven view of what modern relationships are all about. They are a married couple who have been so for many years. On the other hand their reality has nothing to do with "stereotypes." Their reality is the same as it is for the rest of us. It's a series of ups & downs, good days & bad days, that observed in a vacuum seem to be pretty dull/boring.However obsevered in all of it's multi-dimensional totality represents all that is truly good and important in life. Understanding thisrequires something called "maturity," and the failure to acknowledge theappropriate level of importance leads to being unhappy.That is what the music of Tom n' Trish is about. These are the issues &concerns that they try to highlight. It's important for all of us to tryto consider these things, because at the end of the day it's really allabout how we treat other people. And what you give is truly what you getback! That is the "mind expanding" part, it's taking the simple thingsthat we have all been taught (and seemingly have forgotten) and usingthem as tools to solve the world of complexity that we deal with on anindividual basis.Given that we have an understanding that this is going to be the subjectmatter of just about any album by Tom n' Trish, what is it about. Andthe manner in which they deal with that subject matter is a big part ofwhat makes this album compelling.The other part is about the "monster groove." As a lifetime funk musicfan I am always looking for that groove. As a New Yorker, I know thatwhen that groove is laid down just right, that FUNK becomes somethingthat I find it impossible to let go of. That is what I heard from startto finish. That's what made me listen to the whole album. That's whatmade me pay attention to the lyrics and ultimately the message that Tomn' Trish were trying to tell me.As a music critic, I know that people for whatever reasons are very muchconcerned with musical styles. I would like to suggest to you that ifyou like the slow burning mid tempo funky groove of artists such as SlyStone and Prince that you will like this album. If you like classic slowjams, then you will like this album. If you like to go out on Friday &Saturday nights to nightclubs and get all sweaty on a dance floor oreven if you just like to stay at home and "dance in the dark," you willdig this album. And if you like any of the above done with a smile, thenyou will dig this album.However as a human being, if you find the discussion of life's up's anddowns to be of interest, then you will find Tom n' Trish's funk-d-fiedpresentation of the good, the bad & the ugly to be quite compelling!!!My advice to you if you are reading this is to go ahead and give thisalbum a shot, when it is released on 7/11, who knows, you might just getlucky by taking that shot!!! Davis - CEO Soul-Patrol1636-44 Route 38 #310Lumberton, NJ 08048” - Bob Davis


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