Toad the Wet Sprocket
First Appeared in The Music Box Online, October 7, 1998
Written by John Metzger
Coil is strictly for true fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Other than an edgier sound, there isn't much here that the band hasn't done before — most notably on its best outing Dulcinea. Worse still, the heavier, guitar-driven overtones cause the songs on the album to blend into those of the many other alternative pop bands already flooding the airwaves.
Little Man Big Man, a reflection on human nature, is one of the better, more infectious tunes on Coil. The way that Todd Nichols' feedback-laden guitar chords float upon Dean Dinning's bubbling bass pattern fills the track with a sense of restrained anger. Little Buddha features a gently rolling melody that is wrapped in a tender string arrangement by Van Dyke Parks.
Although it boasts cleverly written material as well as catchy arrangements that likely will stand the test of time, Coil suffers, at least in part, from the fact that Toad the Wet Sprocket was in disarray during the recording of what became its final album. In the end, it's inconclusive as to whether or not the individuals involved in the project can live up to their creations as a group.
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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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