- Record Label: Kirtland Records
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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You've been touring nonstop in support of your first new album in seven years. What do you do next? If you're Texas-based scrungers Toadies, you redo your unreleased second album, recorded in 1997 and rejected by Interscope, presumably for lacking another "Possum Kingdom," which drove their debut Rubberneck to platinum sales.
As a record in 2010, the ten songs are an unapologetic throwback, not quite distinctive enough to suggest that a reevaluation of the band is in order, but certainly pleasing for fans -- and even if you're not a fan, it's hard not to be a little pleased that this forgotten chapter in the band's history has been published.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Sep 16, 2010This album is like opening a time capsule. Inside we have persevered one of the albums that should have never been denied. It's like taking a trip back to the 90's and finding it in the same grungy order that you left it in. The Toadies were one of the most underrated bands of their time. They are part Nirvana, part Pixies, mix in a little heavy metal and punk and you have The Toadies.
Not every song on here is stellar. The first 3 tracks are going to be your best bet. The high point is the song "Waterfall" It's pure Toadies and it's pure grunge heaven. The guitars are the deep, choppy distortion that you had on "Possum Kingdom", or "Tyler". The other high point is "Dead Boy" This is one of the heaviest Toadies songs I have ever heard. There are other high points on the album. Most of them come from break downs within the songs and not the full song itself.
The result is just a good album. As so many bands are "evolving their sound", meaning they are trying to cash in on the pop sound and losing the hard guitars and loud vocals that made them indie royality.. The Toadies are headed back to the past which in itself is an evolution. Will this usher back in the flannels and teen angst of the 90's? Probably not. But for Toadies fans it will be a retro vacation for your ears!… Expand
Sep 30, 2010I'm glad Toadies keep going. More an '00 band than a 90's band at this point. Not as solid as the first two 'released' albums, nonetheless, "Dead Boy," is probably one of the best songs I've heard from a rock artist in years...even as that it might be a decade old.… Expand
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