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Winter Pays for Summer

Glen PhillipsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B0007OY3RU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

len Phillips has been making music for two decades now, starting as the 14-year-old frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket. During that time, he's accumulated a sizable body of work comprising seven albums with Toad (which collectively have sold close to 4 million units) and three as a solo artist. The latest, Winter Pays for Summer - his first for Lost Highway - is at once the most richly melodic and the most intensely personal album of his career. Lost Highway. 2005.

Disciples of Toad the Wet Sprocket held their collective breaths when front man Glen Phillips tucked himself into semi-retirement following the band’s 1998 break-up. But after a few years as a home body and father, new songs again dripped from Phillips creative psyche, and his third solo record in three years may be his boldest, most rewarding work to date. Front and center, as usual, are guitar-hooks galore and mature and personal narratives, with producer John "Strawberry" Fields (Switchfoot, Andrew W.K.) straining the larger-than-life instrumentation and "woo-woo" choruses through a pop filter. The versatile Phillips can strike up a nursery rhyme ("Duck and Cover") or prosaic ballad ("True") as effortlessly as he can the hummably persuasive tunes that are his m.o.: the inspirational "Clear-Eyed, the Randy Newman-inspired "Don’t Need Anything" and "Thankful," which recalls the riff-heaviness of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend and leaves many Toad fan to breathe a little easier. --Scott Holter

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Bold April 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Abulum" was a stunning solo set. "Back on My Feet" & "Darkest Hour" both spent weeks on top of my personal top ten rotation; so I had high hopes for this new Lost Highway release. I am delighted that Glen's newest CD exceeds my fondest expectations. There are no weak tracks. The songwriting, musicianship and vocal expressiveness of Phillips as a singer are all in peak form. My instant favorite is "True" co-written with Semisonic's Dan Wilson. Its soft pop melody, Phillips' high plaintive vocals and brilliantly stunning lyrics are amazing song craft, "You're in & out of my hands, slipping like sand, passing the time; Your love is brutally bold, careless & cold, but it's mine, mine." "Easier" boasts a bright pop melody and some delightfully lively acoustic guitar. "Oh God, I pray to thee; don't want to die before we're free, dive down inside this sea & maybe at the bottom I'll find some key" is the addictive chorus to "Gather" whose message is excellently borne by the stunning melody & arrangement. "Courage" is another stunner whose arrangement builds masterfully with Ben Folds' and Kristin Mooney's background vocals adding emotional strength, "I'm tired of being afraid of what I can't change; I want to be living free." Like "True," "Cleareyed" was written with Dan Wilson and has an expansive melody that U2 would envy with Phillips' full-throated vocals delivering the payload. The other tracks on the set like the single "Thankful" and the opener "Duck & Cover" are all strong. With Josh Rouse's "Nashville," Maia Sharp's "Fine Upstanding Citizen" and now Glen Phillips' "Winter Pays for Summer," spring of 2005 is turning out to be a most excellent musical season! This CD is best of the year quality. Bravo!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We've all got a lot to be thankful for... September 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was a huge Toad the Wet Sprocket fan and was depressed when I realized there would be no more Toad albums to look forward to. I kept up with the various members as they moved on and downloaded everything I could find from Glen Phillips and the band Lapdog which consisted Todd, Randy and even Dean for a while. Both entities put out some great music but I eventually lost track of them.

I happened upon "Winter Pays for Summer" and snapped it up. After spending a month or so listening to this album I have to agree with many reviewers here at - it's GREAT! "Duck and Cover"Finally Fading Out" and "Thankful" are very strong. His lyrics are very good and the richness of the instrumental accompaniment proves that this is no lightweight effort.

I am less infatuated with the slow, moody songs - but then I never liked TTWS slow, moody songs either. The pop song "Falling" is a decent tune but here the lyrics seem lacking. The only song I dislike is "Gather".

Do I think this album is better than TTWS as some here have suggested? No, but then is Phil Collins better than Genesis? Nope, not even close. Is Paul McCartney better than the Beatles? I laugh in your face. Is Ozzy Osbourne better than Sabbath? Come on... All kidding aside, there was a rawness about TTWS that I loved; an intangible that is only achieved by the group effort. You can sort of hear it in Lapdog's early releases where most of the old group was still together. All that was missing was the heart - Glen Phillips.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD! April 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare CD's where every song is as good as the next. Glen Phillips is a true songsmith. He writes beautiful music with thought provoking lyrics. If you are a fan of Glen's former band "Toad the Wet Sprocket" then you will enjoy this CD (I think it's even better in many ways). There is so much mediocrity out there that it's a pleasure and a gift to find a CD as beautifully written and produced as this. Buy this CD and enjoy!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankful April 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Great album all together! Beautiful lyrics and melodies throughout the entire CD! Glen shows his great musical ear, holding back when needed and going for it when it's called for! I am also very happy that he has found the long lost Andy Sturmer to help out with some backup vocals! It's nice to know there are still songwriters like Glen still out there doing it for the love of music!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True singer/songwriter talent shines April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many talented singer/songwriters tend to lose some of their "umph" when they go solo (see Neil Finn). Glen seems to do the opposite. Sure, the CD doesn't rock like some of Toad's stuff did, but the song writing and pop melodies are wonderful. Best cuts include "Duck and Cover" and the fun love song "Easier." It's the first album I've picked up this year that I'm able to listen all the way through multiple times without skipping songs. I caught Glen live at SXSW, also ... looking forward to a national tour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful life and world views through music April 3, 2005
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This album has a wide spectrum of upbeat and slower meaningful songs that can relate to so many different life situations and phases. I find myself getting advice on aspects of my life through Glen's lyrics and inspirational melodies. He is more than the former Toad the Wet Sprocket lead singer...he has developed his writing and musical skills into something even more special than what he contributed back then.

Buy this album and you won't be sorry that you did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live versus studio April 8, 2005
By Eats
Format:Audio CD
Have you heard these songs live? If you have, you might understand where I'm going with this. The live versions are so good that when this album came out I almost figured it wasn't worth buying. But of course, to support Glen as one of my favorite artists I did it anyway -without any expectations. For the sake of getting to the punchline as quickly as possible, let me tell you it would have been a mistake to pass on the album under the assumption that the live versions were better. The album versions have much more depth to the songs (without losing Glen's personal acoustic magic) and also have a little bit more of a rock vibe. My point is, even if you are as much in love with the live renditions you need to hear this album. You will be surprised at how much more Glen can add to the songs even in the studio.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Although thought of more popularly as the front man of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen has always been the heart beat of songwriting within and without the band. Read more
Published 22 days ago by David Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all Toad the Wet Sprocket fans! You need this.
Every Glen Phillips fan or Toad the Wet Sprocket fan should own this fantastic album. There are many excellent songs on here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CatCollins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brilliant singer song writer, best listened to on vinyl. If you don't know Glen Phillips then pick up this album, as every song is well crafted and exceptionally listenable.
Published 21 months ago by Daniel R. Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars love this music
Easier is one of my favorite songs. This is Glen's best solo album. I recommend this to anyone who likes Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Published 22 months ago by queenlizzard23
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I received this in the time frame and condition listed. No complaints at all about the seller, I'd be more likely to click 'buy' seeing their name next to an item. Reliable. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nick Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a very nice album with great songwriting. The absolute highlight is "Half Life". It gives me chills every time. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Reprise
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Intelligent for Mass Appeal
Glenn Phillips delivers an incredible gift of songcraft in anything he touches. It is no wonder why he and the great Neil Finn are in my top 2 of all time. Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by DeeCee
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
You know who lead Toad. This is a near perfect album.When I re-discovered it, it was the perfect moment for me and the lyrics and emotion are profound. Thanks Glen!
Published on August 2, 2011 by bunnybunbubs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album !!!
Glen has found in this album a way to be himself but keep the Toad roots. All musics are great, each showing a diferent characteristic - autentic ! Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Daniel Vaie
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with Glen
I have been a faithful follower of Toad the Wet Sprocket for years, and have continued listening to their efforts post-breakup. Read more
Published on July 28, 2006 by Rachel Anne Calabia
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