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Album Review

Adam Franklin blows dust off an eight-year-old Swervedriver B-side to kick off the slight Every Day, Rock 'n' Roll Is Saving My Life single. "The Hitcher," one of Franklin and company's Stealth Bomber pop songs circa 1993's Mezcal Head, is transformed into a brightly ringing acoustic number with some piano tinkles and tape effects. Great! Though not nearly as fiery as the original, this revisit is nearly as dazzling. But the other three numbers are merely humble demos with iffy sound quality. That's too bad, because "Seize the Day" especially sounds like top-quality Franklin material. It's still enjoyable in this grainy form, but it's natural to be frustrated since it's deserving of better treatment. As for the other two selections, the title track and "O Sweet Daughter," they would probably remain so-so with added studio quality. Those who balked at the electronics-heavy nature of Franklin's debut as Toshack Highway might be pleased that these tunes are free of that sort of ornamentation.


Formed: 1999 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Centered around Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Toshack Highway was a collaboration resulting in lazy, atmospheric pop with ambient electronic flourishes. Resembling some of Franklin's duskier work with his main outfit, Toshack Highway was an outlet to delve further into his increasing love of electronic gadgets and film music-inspired ambience, much like Air without the prog crutch. Toshack Highway's self-titled debut saw release in 2000 through Flowershop, the label run by friend and God Machine/Sophia...
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