Review: Feeler

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Review: Feeler

Postby Josh on Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:58 am

http://consequenceofsound.net/2010/07/2 ... es-feeler/

3/5 Stars

While the return of Pavement as an artifact of ’90s music is everyone’s current musical obsession, let’s not forget the Toadies. The Forth Worth, TX post-grunge band resurrected themselves in 2008 with No Deliverance. While people may continue their obsession with those Stockton, CA indie boys, Toadies is more than happy to chug along with more new material. This time around, though, the band presents Feeler, which, in some previous version, was originally scrapped by Interscope after their 1994 debut, Rubberneck. In just nine songs, the band takes back their sophomore album with plenty of well-established, heavily-ingrained tactics and a preview of a bright future to come.

The draw of the Toadies has always been that they’ve adopted that heavy, post-grunge noise, the kind that tends to drag along with lots of punch, but often without a lot of playfulness. But, then they give it a shot of life with a big, blistery metal tinge, bluesy-jam energy, and just enough absurdity and experimentation to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Feeler is definitively about the metal above all else. “Dead Boy” has that huge, angsty wall of Southern fried metal swagger, while “Waterfall” starts off like some mutant blues track before ripping up the musical landscape in a big block of sheer rock force.

But some of the more satisfying tracks on the album have more to do with innovation and perpetuating their slightly weirdo vibe than going balls out. “Suck Magic” is bright and rocking like a relic from the early ’90s that explodes violently into noise that is made infinitely more impacting with the wails of lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis. Album opener “Trust Game” is a morose and downtrodden little number accentuated by the down-strumming of an old, haggard acoustic guitar. It’s truly the little things, be it odd instrumentation or the layout of the songs, prior to their supernova of thick, dark sorrow that shines brightest and makes the insanity that much more tangible.

There may be bigger revival acts, but they probably can’t match to the varied ferocity the Toadies have presented on this LP. All that musical goodness, combined with the decreased number of tracks on the album and the time constraints placed on each song, make for an album that’s a right hook from days gone by. Whether this album is close to its original state, or if its changed completely thanks to the band’s studio “rediscovery,” Feeler was more than worth the wait.
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby Jim01 on Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:08 am

Seems like the reviewer liked it a lot but then only gave it 3/5 stars? The rating doesn't seem to match to tone of the review. If it was more than worth the way of 12 years then I would think it would get more stars.
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby Corey24 on Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:08 pm

Yeah it seems wierd that they loved it and pointed out how it was a cut above their average peers and yet it gets an average rating. Plus...it says they really leaned toward their metal influences....umm. Assuming this reviewer has only really heard Rubberneck you would think that they would notice that this is a more mellow record. It is like Nirvana type punk-rock with a talking heads post-punk twist. Metal? I mean there are 'influences' but I don't think Feeler leans more towards that than the other influences.
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby Dstyles75 on Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:12 pm

Yea I don't get that 3 out of 5 stars either. But then he goes on to sing praises for the album saying its better than their counterparts albums. Should've gotten 4 out of 5. I'm not saying that because I'm a biased fan, it would just fit the description in the article much better.
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby JudasToadx88 on Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:17 pm

I agree that to say Feeler is about the metal is a bit off. Sure Dead Boy and Suck Magic hell even Trust Game may have a metal influence but Mine? Pink? c'mon reviewer did you listen to the record? Rubberneck is probably the most metalesque if we are going down that road and NO I'M NOT CALLING THE TOADIES A METAL BAND. I will say I am glad that he brought up The toadies and metal because I have always noticed a metal influence in the toadies music but I never had the balls to say it in fear of offending some diehards and I have been their before. One time I mentioned that Soundgarden had a metal influence on a Judas Priest message board and I got chewed to shit lol. Theres a certain aggression in alot of toadies songs that reminds me of the metal genre. Mr. Love, Backslider, Possum Kingdom(the end), Push The Hand, Heel, Motivational, Unnattractive, So Long Lovely Eyes and Dead Boy to name a batch. I headbang comfortably listening to these tunes and I am very much a metal head so yea. Anyway after praising the fuck out of the album you give it 3/5? Jeez I bet he gives bad albums 5 stars. Anyway like the dude above me i'd give it 4 stars. Its not perfect and I know the big problem if any that people have is the lack of songs but ehh I like it and I will enjoy it thoroughly because I strongly believe that the toadies put this out for the fans and just the fans. Not saying they wouldn't have done something with it anyway but the demand from the fans made it happen. Thanks toadies :-)
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby ri jed on Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:18 am

in my opinion the toadies are just as much ac/dc as they are talking heads or pixies.

but i'm no music critic.

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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby JudasToadx88 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:42 pm

Right on dude. They are very versatile. There brand of music spans many genres.
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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby LoveIsDrunk on Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:56 pm

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Re: Review: Feeler

Postby Josh on Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:04 pm

http://www.spin.com/reviews/toadies-feeler-kirtland

3 1/2 stars

You've been touring nonstop in support of your first new album in seven years. What do you do next? If you're Texas-based scrungers Toadies, you redo your unreleased second album, recorded in 1997 and rejected by Interscope, presumably for lacking another "Possum Kingdom," which drove their debut Rubberneck to platinum sales. The label was perceptive -- the closest to a "hit" here is the insistently melodic "City of Hate" -- but that doesn't mean Vaden Todd Lewis and crew were slacking. No one does sinister arena rock better, and on the rabid "Dead Boy," they offer a bottleneck-guitar solo seemingly played by Satan himself.
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Spin's Review of Feeler

Postby Dstyles75 on Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:35 pm

"--the closest to a "hit" here is the insistently melodic "City of Hate" --" What? I know 3.5 stars out of five is good, but did they even listen to the album? There are soo many better songs than City of Hate.

Off Topic... I wonder if Vaden is getting sick of seeing Ruberneck mentioned in every single review of Feeler. Musicians often get angry when it seems as though no-one is interested in what they are doing now. I know this was supposed to be a follow up but they did make two other albums after Ruberneck.
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