Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In The End The Path Is Clear

Toad the Wet Sprocket is likely one of the more divisive bands of my generation; reviled by some but beloved by many. They were one of the lucky bands to release a string of modest hits in the 90s that still resonate with some of us today. They broke up after their solid but least memorable studio album Coil, but fate would prove the separation to be temporary and half-hearted. They've toured in the years since and finally recorded a new album's worth of material. And it's good.

New Constellation officially comes out September 17th, but many who contributed to their successful Kickstarter campaign already have the digital download. The album is nothing you wouldn't expect. Toad hasn't gone electronic, gimmicky, or god forbid too poppy. They're not walking on any oceans with the new release nor is there anything quite as stellar as Crazy Life, but New Constellation features the folksy melodies that are certain to please the fans that have stuck with them through the past 20+ years. And for the hard core fans (yes, we do exist), there's at least one Glen Phillips solo tune and one reworked Lapdog song in the set so that's something to look forward to.

For you impatient ones, Toad is giving away an EP called Something Old, Something New, which features two news tunes and three "classic reinterpretations," via NoiseTrade.

Official Site | Amazon | Kickstarter | NoiseTrade

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