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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KIRTLAND RECORDS
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B007LNJ5YG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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The newest release of the Toadies, Play.Rock.Music. does not disappoint. I've been enjoying their music since their early days in the 90's and was psyched when they got back together in 2006. The track "Animals" is definitely a tasty jam.
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I LOVE the Toadies and cheered their surprise return with No Deliverance, which along with Rubberneck are two of my favorites by any band. Unfortunately Play.Rock.Music is just not a good release in any way. I'd probably give this 1 star if this were my first introduction to the Toadies. The signature sound is there, but there are no compelling tracks worth repeated listens. A few tracks like "Laments" cannot be skipped fast enough. Here's hoping their next release will return to better results.
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I have had the honor of seeing the toadies perform two times in my life (so far). First time, Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR early 2000's. Again at the Hard Rock Cafe, Maui, HI 2010. This is my all time favorite band so I may be a little biased. Are you still reading this? Why haven't you purchased this yet? As with any album, give it time and it will grow on you! Although I have to admit, 'We Burned the City Down' got me and my wife right out the gate! It's been 5 or so days and around 15 full disc plays and I'm loving it (hope I don't have to pay royalties to Mickey D's for that). Hope you enjoy!
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