Winter Pays for Summer

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips has been working in solo mode for a few years now, but it's taken him until this, the third disc to appear under his name, to really hit his stride. Winter Pays for Summer abounds in inward-looking numbers -- not altogether surprising, since Phillips has always been willing to pour the details of his own life into his compositions. But since he seems to be in a good place personally, that translates into a disc that brims with both hope and spirit, one that's rife with odes to enduring love "Duck and Cover" and efforts to collect sunshine in a bottle "Clear Eyed," one of three songs co-written by Semisonic's Dan ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Former Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips has been working in solo mode for a few years now, but it's taken him until this, the third disc to appear under his name, to really hit his stride. Winter Pays for Summer abounds in inward-looking numbers -- not altogether surprising, since Phillips has always been willing to pour the details of his own life into his compositions. But since he seems to be in a good place personally, that translates into a disc that brims with both hope and spirit, one that's rife with odes to enduring love "Duck and Cover" and efforts to collect sunshine in a bottle "Clear Eyed," one of three songs co-written by Semisonic's Dan Wilson. Phillips knows how to avoid stepping too deeply into psychic syrup, however, and his main tool in avoiding that pitfall is a flair for steam-hammer riffs that could pass muster on a Cheap Trick best-of, most notably displayed here on the pulsing "Thankful." Even sans six-string -- as borne out by the Randy Newman-esque piano musing "Don't Need Anything" -- Phillips gets his message across with a finesse and directness that makes this a fine soundtrack to accepting adulthood.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips has always sounded wiser than his years -- he was 14 when he joined the band -- so it's no surprise that his second full-length collection of solo material is as elegant as it is weighty. With a cast of characters that would appear in boldface if there were a pop underground wall of fame ex-Jellyfish frontman Andy Sturmer, Ben Folds, Kristin Mooney, Jon Brion, Switchfoot's Jon Foreman and Semisonic/Trip Shakespeare scribe Dan Wilson, Phillips has made a bid for commercial success -- each track is poised for prime-time programming -- that's as strategically planned as it is lovingly crafted. On the lush opener, "Duck and Cover," he pays homage to Sprocket's ambitious folk-rock, utilizing the kind of winsome lyric "Seems like life is a palindrome/Cry when you die/Cry when you're born" and dramatic melodic structure that made "Walk on the Ocean" such a genre-skipping hit. While Phillips is unabashedly introspective, he's not above being happy about it -- the first single "Thankful," is layered with staccato Phillips/Sturmer backing vocals and enough power pop key shifts to rival an A.C. Newman song -- but there is a river of melancholy flowing beneath Winter Pays for Summer that winds through even its most upbeat offerings. Of the three songs co-written with Dan Wilson, only the mesmerizing "Cleareyed" jumps out of the speakers upon first listen, while the other two tread such familiar ground for both artists that the end product seems to have required little or no effort. Vocally, Phillips has matured into -- especially when he gets riled up -- a quiet storm that dutifully blends Cat Stevens' confident huskiness and Jackson Browne's weary but warm observer of all things broken, and it's this aspect that places him, unapologetically, at the forefront of the adult alternative rock scene and heading for a theater or a television set near you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602498640371
  • Catalog Number: 000353302
  • Sales rank: 78,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duck and Cover (3:20)
  2. 2 Thankful (2:56)
  3. 3 Courage (3:29)
  4. 4 Released (4:01)
  5. 5 Cleareyed (3:58)
  6. 6 Falling (3:13)
  7. 7 Half Life (4:12)
  8. 8 True (3:11)
  9. 9 Easier (3:15)
  10. 10 Finally Fading (3:26)
  11. 11 Simple (4:04)
  12. 12 Gather (3:09)
  13. 13 Don't Need Anything (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glen Phillips Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Tom Scott Percussion, Vocals
Brian Gallagher Saxophone
Jim Anton Bass, Bass Guitar
Stevie Blacke Cello
Jon Brion Guitar, Toy Piano
John Fields Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Noise
Andy Sturmer Background Vocals
Pete Thomas Percussion, Drums
Dan Wilson Slide Guitar, Wurlitzer
Kristin Mooney Background Vocals
Ben Folds Background Vocals
Ken Chastain Percussion
Greg Suran Guitar, Mandolin
Mike Busbee Organ, Piano
Michael Chaves Guitar
Jon Foreman Background Vocals
Spicy T Tabla
Michael Ruekberg Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fields Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Doug Sax Mastering
Dan Wilson Composer
Steven Miller Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Glen Phillips Composer
Bethany Newman Art Direction
Chris Testa Engineer
Laurel Phillips Paintings
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