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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KIRTLAND RECORDS
  • ASIN: B007LNJ5YG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Get Low
3. Summer of the Strange
4. Magic Bullet
5. Beside You
6. Animals
7. Sunshine
8. Laments of a Good Man
9. Epic Castles
10. We Burned the City Down
11. The Appeal

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It's been 23 years since Toadies started playing rock music in Fort Worth, Texas. Through lineup changes, shelved albums, member departures, band break-ups, one-off reunions and full-on performances, Toadies are an act that has experienced nearly everything except, perhaps, the freedom to grow as they choose.

But that mark is about to be checked, too. On July 31, Toadies will release their fifth proper full-length album a disc fittingly called 'Play.Rock.Music.', because, perhaps for the first time in their career, the band feels capable of unapologetically doing just that.

After bursting onto the national scene with their breakthrough 'Rubberneck' album, which begat their signature single, 'Possum Kingdom', the successful follow-up single 'Away' and the immense fan favorite 'Tyler', Toadies returned to the studio in 1996 with the pressure of trying to match their first album's success. The result was a disc called 'Feeler', an album the band's then-label home, Interscope Records, was supposed to release in 1997 but decided to shelve despite the band's protests. So it was back to the drawing board for the 2001-released 'Hell Below/Stars Above', an awkwardly timed sophomore album that enjoyed moderate success and almost universal critical acclaim but was ultimately doomed because of the seven-year wait to arrive.

But a reunion show in Dallas in 2006 reignited the band's spark. The following year, the band embarked on a surprise tour of Texas. A year later, they fully re-formed, recording and releasing 2008's 'No Deliverance'.

This past spring, the band, joined by Grammy-nominated producer Chris Frenchie Smith entered an Austin recording studio with a clean slate. The songs on 'Play.Rock.Music.' are some of the best the Toadies have ever released. The trademarks of the band are all present Lewis howl, the chugging guitars, the unrepentant angst but they're also improved upon. Without question, it is: With the band's second successful stint now having lasted almost as long as the initial run, 'Play.Rock.Music.' shows off a band in full stride, an outfit with renewed vigor and, perhaps most important, a group with a clear and confident understanding of itself.

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So glad these guys are still around.
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Just like Rubberneck, one great song after another on this album.
Huntster
A definite must have for any "Toadies" fan.
Michael W. Elliott

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2012
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If you missed the quirky bass and lighthearted lyrics (with sinister undertones) of the Toadies from their last album (No Deliverance), you have nothing to fret here. Pay.Rock.Music. is a tour de force of classic Toadies while at the same time, still breaking new musical ground.

"Summer of the Strange", "Magic Bullet" and "Epic Castles" are straight out classic Toadies, while tracks like "Laments of a Good Man" and "We Burn the City Down" sport a fun southern rock flavor that only Texas can provide.

If you're a Toadies fan of old, you'll be right at home here. Please note, they don't repeat themselves here. Play.Rock.Music. is just a good reminder of how good this band was, and how it's even better now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Mikovec on July 31, 2012
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As far as Toadies albums go, this in my opinion is their best since 1994s Rubberneck. If you like that cd you WILL like Play. Rock. Music. My current favorite songs are Animals, Summer of the Strange and Magic Bullet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric on August 1, 2012
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The Toadies are back in full force with this one, and it's pretty much exactly what you'd want it to be -- a little bit of Texas rockabilly, a little bit alt-rock (with some clear Pixies influences), and a little bluesy. It's just the right mix.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By theshape1 on August 10, 2012
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Like most people who are fans of Toadies, I've been following their work since around 1994/95. "Rubberneck" impressed the hell out of me, "Hell Below/Stars Above" completely blew me away. Then, as everyone knows, they split.... Only to return some time later with "No Deliverance", which was okay, but less than impressive. I don't know if Todd had trouble slipping back into Toadies-Mode after performing with Burden Brothers, or what?? But, something felt different...

Enter "Play.Rock.Music."... This new album has a lot more in common with the earlier stuff, right down to the sound of the guitars. Upon first listen, the songs didn't strike me as particularly catchy. But, with a few more spins, the hooks and whatnot started to reveal themselves. Now, I've been playing the album pretty much nonstop for the last week, or so. There are some really great songs to be heard within this collection... The first four songs alone are enough to make any respectable fan's mouth water!

Long story short, if you're a fan of this band, buy this album. It doesn't disappoint. \m/
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Burke on June 10, 2013
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I knew I could trust Toadies to deliver the tasty rock! I love this album and can only say:

Dear Toadies,
Please keep doing what you do!
Thanks for all the hard-rockin' happiness your music brings into the world.
If you keep recording them, we'll keep buying them!
Thanks for keeping the smiles on our faces,
Janne B & MrWonderful
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Huntster on August 19, 2012
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I've been wearing this album out since I bought it. Just like Rubberneck, one great song after another on this album.

Thanks Toadies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LTPP1998 on November 21, 2013
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Another indication about how feeble the radio industry is. They still consistently play tunes off of the Rubberneck album, but I don't think I've heard a single track off of this gem. Maybe not quite as good as Rubberneck, but absolutely nipping at it's heels. No great genre change hear, just really high quality mid to quick tempo rockers with great melodic backbones and sometimes poignant and sometimes hilarious vocals. Puts a boot in the rear end of just about every other release over the last few years. Classic uptempo indy rock at its best.
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By ciennasnow on March 19, 2014
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I am a big fan of Rubberneck. I was talking to a friend recently about what had happened to the Toadies and did some checking and found this disc. Listened to it online and really liked several of the songs, but I was blown away by "The Appeal". Bought the disc right then. It's high quality 90s grunge for the most part.
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