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  • Audio CD (April 3 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001Y6E
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
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1. Mexican Hairless
2. Mister Love
3. Backslider
4. Possum Kingdom
5. Quitter
6. Away
7. I Come From The Water
8. Tyler
9. Happyface
10. Velvet
11. I Burn

Product Description

UK vinyl repressing of this 1994 album from the American Alt-Rock band. Music On Vinyl.

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Format: Audio CD
OK, first things first: This album rocks. Heavy melodic riffs and a great moody singer. Great first album, too bad the second was so mediocre. Todd Lewis, the singer, is currently with Burden Brothers, a Dallas area band who puts on a great live show.
On to my point: "Possum Kingdom" is not about vampires, despite what goth fanboys want to believe. (...)
"The kids have been coming up and telling us that the song fits with all this Vampire stuff, but we didn't even get that. We actually have gotten these vampire-looking people at the shows. I think that we were oblivious to vampire references. Actually, it's just a ghost story. "Possum Kingdom" is a lake by our houses in Texas. You know, in Texas you hang out with your family and tell these ghost stories that are kinda, almost true. People believe those folk tales, and that was one of them. Or, it was based on one and we just took it somewhere else."
I think by "ghost story" she's referring to one of those "this guy raped and killed a bunch of girls here" stories told around a campfire.
Anyway, buy this album. I've had to buy three, since I keep lending it out and not getting it back....
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The person below saying that this is not a song about rape is completely correct. What you have to take into account is that not everything said is truthful, or in a realistic extreme sense. 90% of the lyrics of that song are metaphor. Psycho-analysation is what is key here. The song is about Vampires, which by most accounts are mythical, so there you go. The vampire himself is with a non-vampire behind the boathouse and they're doing their thing. He's asking her if she wants to join him, if she wants to take that step into his life, if she wants to cross this boundary, if she wants to make love in that capacity, if she wants to be his "dark angel," if you will. And to become a vampire, you gain immortality at the expense of this "life" which in and of itself is just a metaphor because you never lose consciousness. The raw emotion...the feelings of death and morbid lust, a passionate, undying emotion. There is a sense of macabre affinity throughout the song, utmost respect, and desire, in an almost stalkerish overtone that is sometimes eerie, and sometimes bewildering, and at other times will make you complacent. It's a difficult feeling to describe... But I don't believe she says no...
And as for the song "Tyler," that is basically a song about being a rapist. There's nothing you can really say about that. It details sneaking into a girl's house and raping her and then it ends.
So let's review: Possum Lake = No Rape. Tyler = Lots of Rape.
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This is one of the few good bands Texas can claim as its own. They come from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which really isn't known for many other bands besides Tripping Daisy & Deep Blue Something. I agree with another reviewer, this is the best rock album a lot of you have never heard yet. It's coming close to that 10 year old mark... wow, I didn't realize it came out that long ago, cuz it still sounds fresh!! They played the hell out of "Possum Kingdom" on Houston radio, as well as MTV... & so did I... it was my favorite rock track to come out that whole year. I cranked this up as loud as possible whenever I drove anywhere... particularly parking lots at school *grin*. They also ended up playing "Away", "I Come from the Water", & the other well known "Tyler" with the controversial lyrics. I don't know how often they got played in other states, though.
I got this album in '95, despite all the radio play of about half the album... it's that good, & still is. It's under 40 minutes of fun rocking sounds that has you gripping on to your steering wheel, tapping your foot hard kinda feel. It rocks hard with catchy riffs & mixed-meter rhythms, but at the same time has a lyrical quality so lacking in many hard rock bands out right now... & I miss that!! "I Burn" is the last & only slow track & it's awesome... acoustic intro with dissonant chords, yummy. But for some reason, you may have problems playing it on your computer (I can't). I've also never been able to play it in juke boxes, so there may be a glitch for just the last track... which is a shame, cuz it's one of the best tracks here. So whether your new to the 90's rock scene, or just looking for stuff you over looked somehow, this is a MUST-have.
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Simply stated, this album is one of the finest rock albums ever made. You should own it. The problem is, most people have no idea who (or what) the Toadies are. I grew up just outside of Dallas and grew up with local bands like Tripping Daisy and the Toadies dominate the airwaves. I always just figured everyone had heard of the Toadies. But alas, the Toadies never achieved the same kind of recognition on the national scene."Rubberneck" did well enough (it went platinum), but The Toadies waited so long to produce a follow-up effort that by the time they did only the hard core fans still remembered who they were.
If I had to put it in a category I guess I would have to go with "Alternative," but this album is one of those rare albums that transends genres. Most people don't know about the Toadies, and even if they do it's because of the excellent single "Possum Kingdom," which still gets airtime on alt-rock stations even to this day. But this album is full of great songs. "Backslider" and "I Come From The Water" are up-beat rockers and "I Burn" gives the album balance with its accoustic beauty. The vocals on this album are absolutely perfect. Listen to this album straight through and you'll be blown away. This one album alone is enough to elvate them into the same category with bands like Nirvana and The Pixies.
The real treat on this album though is the song "Tyler." For any real Toadies fan, this song is where it is at. This song is a unique sort of ballad with a long,slow and beautiful intor followed by an incredible climax that leaves me breathless every time I hear it. Seeing them play "Tyler" at Deep Ellum Live this December was one of the greatest thrills of my life.
If you are a fan of 90's alt-rock, or just good music in general, do yourself a favor and pick this album up. I don't what else I can say other than to beg you to give this incredible album a try. PLEASE!
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