Since their 2006 reformation, Ft. Worth’s Toadies have released 3 albums (one a live document) and this new album takes the band in a slightly different direction.  Heretics features several acoustic re-workings of older/well-known Toadies tracks, some new material and a cover of Blondie’s classic, “Heart Of Glass”.

Opening with a low-voltage new track, “In The Belly Of A Whale”, it’s a good, strong, melodically-haunting start.  “Tyler” and “Beside You” work together perfectly – “Tyler”‘s gentle acoustic guitar, mandolin, tambourine and subtle bass builds the drama of the track along with the very warm harmonies at the end and “Beside You” has a taut feel built around minor chords and well-arranged vocals.  “Heart Of Glass” is a very interesting re-shaping; droning acoustic guitars with passionate vocals and soulful organ undertones; “Possum Kingdom” (possibly their best known track) is stripped down and has a groove to it that the original lacks and “Jigsaw Girl” has a fullness with rich piano and vocal arrangements.

A very good gathering of songs; it’s nice to see The Toadies showing their range by balancing both the new tracks and the stripped-down remakes.  If you’re looking to get to to know The  Toadies, begin here.


Heretics will be released Friday, September 18th, 2015


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Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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