Daily Song Study

Wholes and Sums of Parts

In songs on January 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

I’ve made no secret that Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my favorite bands. While they have currently reunited, back in 1998 it definitely seemed like splitsville. In 2000 two albums were released, one by the band’s main songwriter Glen Phillips and one by guitarist Todd Nichols & bassist Dean Dinning (with occasional assistance from drummer Randy Guss), in a new outfit called Lapdog.

The interesting thing about the two records is that you can actually identify, almost surgically, the pieces that each of these members contributed to the distinctive Toad sound. On Phillips’ album, you hear the off-kilter lyrics and oddball melodies.

On the Lapdog record, we hear the lush instrumentation and precise delivery.

Both on their own are quite nice, but when united, they create that blend which has endeared the band to so many over the years. Here’s hoping that the new material meshes those elements as effortlessly as in years past.

But as to today’s examples, they are fine tunes which can be enjoyed in any context. Music is an odd beast, and it is often the case that things must be broken to be fixed again.

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