“First impressions: Bouncy, bubbly jams from this solid New Hampshire quintet — you can smell the sea smoke and ice-cold cervezas rising up from Todo Bien’s seven-song sophomore record. “Changes” sets the easygoing tone, before “Storybook Faces” injects a bit of Latin flair thanks to Peter “Salt” Irelan’s percussion and Tom Thorndike’s guest keys. I loved the rootsy harmonica-led quality “Let It Ride,” along with Johann Robeldo’s sparkly lead guitar lines. And Melissa Dee Phillips’ angelic backing vocals are the perfect complement to Skip Brunette’s bluesy John Popper-esque pipes.
The nitty-gritty: If you like warm-hearted, acoustic-based music that pulls judiciously from reggae, ska, and folk, you’ll love Todo Bien. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, but given their chosen genre, that’s not necessary — all that’s needed is clean production, quality instrumentation, and an overall easygoing vibe, which they nail on Will To Be…
Eastern Surf Magazine
“The Seacoast band’s second album, “Will to Be...,” is loaded with songs that deliver an uplifting vibe, both rhythmically and lyrically.
“Anything is possible, even when you’re faced with the impossible. / From the corners of reality, meet you in the middle of the brutality,” front man Skip Brunette sings in the opening track, “Changes.”
Brunette offers charismatic singing and Phipps decorates the tunes with smoothly sailing harmony vocals. Guest appearances by percussionist David Leach and organist/pianist Tom Thorndike keep things stimulating with their subtle but effectual contributions. The guitar work, with its buoyant rhythms and catchy twists, is central to the album’s infectious energy.
“Let It Ride,” offers an addictively laidback air. “Strike while the Iron’s Hot” features a rich vocal chorus with a worldly feel, while “Betterthan” has a rapid guitar line , “Hope and Smoke” is a soft and relaxing tune that paves the way for the elevating cl”
"Todo Bien are at it again with their sophomore release, "Will To Be...;"
Fresh off the heals of their self-titled debut, the band are literally striking while the iron is hot, as is referenced in the fourth cut on the record, which very well could be the band's anthem as it is extremely catchy with a call-and-response driven chorus and a charismatically sublime slide guitar riff.
The sentiment of "anything is possible," and of the operative notion of being open-minded and non-judgmental is the underlying theme of a band whose name literally means "All's good." The course may not always allow for smooth sailing, but together we can accomplish anything. Todo Bien is leading the march with their do-good, feel-good (as one) mantra.
"Will To Be...;" is the calling card for those who strive to live by the undying ruminant guise of the words, "live and let live." Todo Bien craft thoughtful tunes that are tightly bound to the inner workings of fun. You can in fact effectively mix the two."
"Got to give it up to find a way / Got to be the one to guide someone, be there to save the day," sings Skip Brunette on the track "Seed of Change," which is one of the memorable cuts on Hampton-based band Todo Bien's debut self-titled recording, which came out last year.
Todo Bien mix the like of "surf" rock, hints of reggae, Americana and pop, to create a unique blend of music that, at its core, is feel-good tunes giving off positive, thought-provoking vibes
Todo Bien's music is the perfect soundtrack to turn the stagnant sea of feet into a dancing whirlpool of frenzied bliss. The call-and-response aesthetic of Brunette's vocals and the engaging hand claps that show-up throughout the record is testament to the fact that this music is as much for the listener as it is for the band. It's engaging, and hence, you're supposed to engage. Bob your head, clap along, and feel free to smile.
"Todo Bien's self-titled debut album is an entertaining, incredibly happy venture into the world of New England independent rock. The album, produced by frontman Skip Brunette, bassist John Coretto and Boston musician Qwill, paints a playful, reggae-inspired portrait of music from Hampton, N.H."
"The melodies are difficult not to bop along to, and the album ends as playfully as it begins.
The New Hampshire- UNH