Dulcineaby Toad the Wet Sprocket
From the platform of success built by Fear, Toad the Wet Sprocket dove head first into their fourth release, Dulcinea. Without changing the formula too much, they conjured up 12 more hooks, stretching them ever so slightly to make the alternative tunes a bit edgier and the mellow ones a little folkier, and scoring a couple of modest hits along the way with "Something's Always Wrong" and "Fall Down." One of the thematic threads of Toad's music has always been a certain spirituality, a sense of awe and wonder in regard to life and death. Dulcinea exploits and explores that theme with reverence and humility, going so far as to close the album with "Reincarnation Song," a delicate examination of a soul's transition shrouded musically by a veil of electric guitar feedback. Counteracting that heaviness with an offbeat, country-tinged ditty about the pros of Nanci Griffith versus Loretta Lynn is pure Toad, never being pinned into a stylistic corner. One of the best songs on this album, and perhaps their entire catalog, is "Windmills," a moody look at the fragility and futility of existence that will cause not only the exquisite melody to linger with you, but contemplations of your own purpose in life. Framed by the flawless production of Gavin MacKillop, every song on this record creates a world of its own that is impossible not to be drawn into.
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Performance CreditsToad the Wet Sprocket Primary Artist
Dean Dinning Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Randy Guss Drums
Todd Nichols Guitar,Vocals
Glen Phillips Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsDean Dinning Composer
Randy Guss Composer
Gavin MacKillop Producer,Engineer
Todd Nichols Composer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Jason Holley Artwork,Illustrations
Steven Salardino Type Assistance
Kevin Scott Engineer
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I was not as impressed with this album as I was with their first release, Fear. On the first CD I felt that almost every song was a fav but on this one some of the songs simply did not click with me. The ones that did, however, were absolute gems. The lyrics on a few of the songs are piercing and have great clarity. I would particularly recommend "Crowing," "Fly from Heaven, and "Windmills." Overall, the album is like an old sweater, maybe not perfect, but very comfortable and warm.
This is probably THE BEST CD I own, and I own a lot. Even though I have owned it for several years, I still listen to it often. Every song on this CD is excellent except one.
i bought this album on tape and it is great! this was the first toad album i bought when i was in seventh grade.i didnt understand it all till later...religion spirtuality and the like that was pretty in depth stuff for a seventh grader to understand. i recommend this to all!