Toad the Wet Sprocket | New Constellation (Abe’s Records)

Toad-the-WetI was a fan of the band back in the ’90s, but I just can’t get into their groove today.




Here is what I thought about Toad the Wet Sprocket’s album, New Constellation. Remember all scores are out of a possible 10 points.

“New Constellation” – This track is peppy; I like peppy. A nice upbeat tempo with fun vocals. I can tap my toe to it, but it needs some kind of a punch. Score: 8

“California Wasted” – I like the mid-tempo of the song, and I love the vocals as well. The song just didn’t have anything for me to remember. It’s all lovely and dreamy, but it is also forgettable. Score: 6

“The Moment” – I really got into the dark mood of the beginning of this track. The rest of the song was well done with fresh vocals and memorable instrumentation. Score: 9

“Rare Bird” – Nothing in this track really impressed me. I didn’t care for the lyrics, the vocals turned me off — for the first half at least — and the music was just beige. If I was at a Toad The Wet Sprocket concert this is when I would go get a hot dog. Score: 2

“I’ll Bet On You” – A solid pop/rock track. Light and airy melodies and great vocals that come off as genuine. So much to like about this track. Score: 8

“Golden Age” – The first ballad of the album. I was all ready to really get into it and let my emotional guard down, but this song never really got through to me. Its vocals and arrangement is lovely, and they are fine, but the lyrics left me cold. Score: 5

“Get What You Want” – I found this track to be lyrically clever. Despite the song sounding juvenile overall, I do need songs in my life like this to make me not be so cynical. Score: 7

“Is There Anyone Out There” – A really nice, easy listening type of track. The lyrics got through to me as well as the music. Just a nice track overall. Score: 8

“Life is Beautiful” – This could quite possibly be the most laid back track I have ever heard. I just wanted to lie down and take a nap — in a good way. Score: 7

“The Eye” – I want to call this a static filler track. It just doesn’t go anywhere or do anything. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really care for it either. Meh. Score: 4

“Enough” – I just did not get this track at all. Maybe I am just not deep enough as a person, but the vocals left me bored, the music rambled on and went nowhere. Disappointing to say the least. Score: 2

Average Track Score: 6.0 Would I recommend this album to my friends? Probably not. I was a fan of the band back in the ’90s, but I just can’t get into their groove today. | Jim Ryan @draglover












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