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Toadies, Play Rock Music
Kirtland Records, July 31




I’ve somehow avoided the Toadies over the last few years — either there have been bigger fish to fry in this space, or I’ve felt no great compulsion to toss a little press love in the direction of the band, who’ve barely lit on my radar despite they’re having been around for 25 years now. I mean, isn’t resuscitating sleepy garage bands Rolling Stone’s job or something? But now that I peer with jaundiced eye at pix of their old releases, maybe I reviewed their 2010 album Feeler, because it looks familiar and I know for sure it’s here somewhere. Maybe I reviewed that one. Whatever. Here we are, and I’m honestly not trying to bum out Toadies fans; “Possum Kingdom” was a great song, as Violent Femmes-gone-emo songs go, right? And these guys are from Texas, which doesn’t automatically spell rockabilly, but there’s a little bit here, even if “Animals” is way too Creed for my stomach to handle. Matter of fact there’s quite a bit of Creed stylization here, a let-down for me, being that – aside from stuff sounding like Creed — the LP starts off with a promising tune that was quite a bit like an evolved Big Black (“Rattler’s Revival”). To confuse everything further, there’s some cookie-cutter radio-indie stuff (“Get Low,” “Magic Bullet”). B-Eric W. Saeger





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