ARTIST: Toad the Wet Sprocket
TITLE: Bread & Circus
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: One Little Girl (#24 Modern Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Fans only
LINEUP: Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Randy Guss, Dean Dinning.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mellow-ish alternative band’s first album was self-recorded, picked up by Columbia, and starts them on their career.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Toad the Wet Sprocket’s mellow kinda-folky songs are prefect for adult alternative radio, as it’s not really pop for teens, and not album oriented rock. In 1988 and 1989, that really didn’t exist, but enough radio stations added them to give them a groundswell of support.
Jangly acoustic and electric guitars, harmonies, and a pleasant sound is what Toad the Wet Sprocket’s about. They’re not too hard, and not too wimpy and this first album really established their modus opreandi.
These ten tracks have some highlights, but after a while they all wash together. I probably would have picked a different single (the lead off track “Way Away” caught my ear more than anything else), but I’m not in charge.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: One member, singer Glen Phillips, was in high school still when they put this album together originally in 1988.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: I can’t say this excites me, really, but it’s not horrible and it’s good for background music.