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Album Review

Toad the Wet Sprocket illustrate that their ability to craft gentle, alternative folk-rock in the vein of R.E.M. continues to grow on Coil, a marginally darker record than the previous Dulcinea. Although the album is a little more somber, it is far from haunting, since Toad's talent is for pleasant, lightly melodic acoustic pop, and Coil is no different from the rest of their catalog in that respect. In fact, it offers little new, but Toad are more reliable than predictable, since the record is quite well crafted. While it won't win the group any new fans, it's a solid effort that will certainly please fans.


Formed: 1986 in Santa Barbara, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, Toad the Wet Sprocket became one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early '90s, boasting a contemporary folk-pop sound that wielded enough melody and R.E.M.-styled jangle to straddle both the modern rock and adult contemporary markets. Singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning (the nephew of '50s hitmaker Mark "Teen Angel" Dinning), and drummer Randy Guss formed the group in 1986 in their native...
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