dark, bluesy alternative guitar rock... stale sounding tunes
Sep 6, 2008
The Toadies have released an album that is guitar, power chord driven rock, harkening back to the time when Bush, Everclear, Alice In Chains, and other popular 90s bands were capitalizing on the grunge sound. This current Toadies release sounds dated, and the songs are mostly dark and bluesy... a few are passably catchy bar tunes, like "Song I Hate" and "Don't Go My Way," but much of the album sounds like Black Sabbath and Soundgarden trying to relive the past but lacking memorable songs. I think I may want to bury this CD with the skeletons from the Odd Fellows temple pictured in the No Deliverance album art. This CD may please you if you are depressed and angry and want music to match, but if you listen to it for a while it may make you depressed! There's much better alternative rock music out there so I suggest passing on this album.
"No Deliverance", the third studio album is The Toadies recent release since Hell Below / Stars Above in 2001. The Toadies broke up five months after this 2001 album's release. On August 22, 2001, Todd Lewis announced the band's breakup. Well, The TOADIES ARE BACK and BETTER than ever! If you are or were a fan of The Toadies 1994's breakout release "Rubberneck" and the smash hit single "Possum Kingdom" you are going to enjoy "No Deliverance". The strongest offerings of this … more
Toadies officially reconvened, signing with Kirtland and recording No Deliverance with David Castell (Burden Brothers, Blue October) at Fort Worth Sound in Fort Worth, and Music Lane in Austin. Lewis says the band has gone for a bare knuckle sound, amping up the psychotic stomp heard on Rubberneck and Hell Below... on the grinding, relentless title track as well as the seething, death-of-a-romance gem So Long Lovey Eyes and the towering, sludgy Man of Stone. The upshot is a taut, exhilarating listen that is quintessentially Toadies. Lewis is stoked on the freshness of this new record. I wrote it between first week of August and, what? About a month ago. Getting back into this, back into the feel of the Toadies, is cool. Lewis, Rez, Vogeler and new bass player Doni Blair (Hagfish, Only Crime) are optimistic that their indie incarnation will succeed, thanks to the support of their devout fans and equally supportive label. The music industry has changed so much, says Vogeler. A band like us can be on an independent label and still get the music out to the people who want to hear it. Getting back to the bare knuckles element of the Toadies, continues Lewis, is what I really enjoy, after being away from it for so long. Vogeler and Rez concur. I m here and still doin it, furthers Vogeler, because the music s good. And Rez proclaims in his thick Texas drawl, The Toadies are back in business. And suddenly, everything wrong is right.