Rich O’Toole brings us his recently released full studio album, Kiss of a Liar, a slam-dunk collection of modern Texas-country hits, sure to please native Texans and country music lovers alike.
The first half of the album is strong, with several up-tempo songs. The second half is a bit mellower, calmer, and more relaxing, except for the unforgettable “Marijuana & Jalapeños”, appropriately tagged on the end to remind the listener of the fun-loving guy that Rich O’Toole is. Every song is Texas-influenced to the core, many of them sounding like they could have been on a Pat Green album – not to say that O’Toole doesn’t have his own style. The catchy and flirty “Ay Dios Mio” is one of the most Green-esque on the record, but the real surprise treat comes when Pat actually does make an appearance! Green joins O’Toole on “Casino Queen”, another hit that’s fit for any Texas party.
O’Toole penned eight of the eleven songs on the Kiss of a Liar, including the title track. This track and ones like “I Wanna Be With You” show his calmer, more sensitive side. “Doin’ the Same” is touchingly passionate, though a better hook would have done it more justice.
Give Kiss of a Liar a listen by going to his website,www.richotoole.com, or download it from iTunes, along with his latest single if you dare, “Drunk Girl”. Follow him on Twitter to catch a show the next time you’re in Texas, @RichOToole.
Amanda Wile is originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Nashville in 2005 to attend Vanderbilt and to follow her love for music.