Toad the Wet Sprocket “Dulcinea” Review

The cryptically named Dulcinea (named after a character in Don Quixote) seems to correct Toad’s trajectory from where they left off in Pale.  It might have been a reaction to the overtly lush and known-to-be-more-optimistic-than-it-is Fear,  which, despite its success, seems like a slight detour in the hindsight.  More idiosyncratic with darker edges pushed forefront, …

Toad the Wet Sprocket “Fear” Review

Fear is Toad the Wet Sprocket’s coming-of-age album, one where they graduated from woodshedding of the first two albums (which aren’t without their charms) to a fully-formed artist.  And what an artistry it is.  2016 marks the 25th anniversary of its release, but a quarter-century hasn’t resulted in the album sounding aged at …

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “Architect of the Ruin” and Our Role in That Demise

As a fan since the 90’s I still mourn the passing of the mysterious and abrasive Toad from the pre-hiatus days (“Amnesia” anyone?) but the post-hiatus Toad seems to make up for it with ample wisdom that they now infuse into their songs.  Their latest EP’s title track is no …

How Toad the Wet Sprocket Creates Poignance in “Fly from Heaven”

This is an analysis by request for my Twitter friend @niickcauilan.  And I was happy to have a good look at this song, as it is one of my favorites and if I really channel into the feelings contained within, I can’t listen without tearing up.  The sorrow, anger, confusion, …