Ann Arbor

Review by Donn Deniston (Switch to

Not a great Todd solo show but not horrible either. Joe Jackson was a pleasant surprize and the end of the evening with everyone on stage was worth the ticket price by itself. This tour would probably be fantastic if there more songs with Ethel backing Joe and Todd.

The one gripe I do have is with the sound. Todd's acoustic guitar sound was harsh, his electric sounded like a cheap elecrtic razor and when those violin players in Ethlel started sawing away together it sounded like two feral tom cats in a burlap bag. Some of this must be Todd since his acoustic guitars have always sounded kind of abrasive (how does he manage to make everything sound like an Ovation?) and I know it's possible to get something a lot less muddy out of those amp modeling devices, but either the sound system was unusually top heavy or whoever is mixing needs to have those ears checked. It was painful at times.

I think I'll have to agree with the opinion that Todd is much better when he has some sort of band behind him, Pretending to Care with Ethel was amazing.

"Wait another year, Utopia is here?"


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