Toad the Wet Sprocket
In Light Syrup
First Appeared in The Music Box, March/April 1996, Volume 3, #2
Written by John Metzger
Updated: Tue May 13, 2008, 10:00 AM CDT
Faced with the prospect of recording an album in the wake of its masterpiece Dulcinea, Toad the Wet Sprocket opted instead to put together In Light Syrup, a collection of B-sides, movie-tunes, fan club singles, and unreleased tracks, all of which were recorded between 1992 and 1994. As it turns out, it actually is a rather decent compilation of material. It seems odd that Good Intentions was left off the bandís breakthrough endeavor Fear, considering that itís a superb single, one that pointed the way to Dulcinea. Other standout tracks include the XTC-inflected Hobbit on the Rocks and the stargazing eeriness of Hope. Diehard fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket certainly will find In Light Syrup to be filled with treasures, and everyone else will find the set to be reasonably satisfying.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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