Dulcinea (album)

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Dulcinea
Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released May 24, 1994
Recorded 1993 at "The Site" studio in Marin County, California, USA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 49:39
Label Columbia
Producer Gavin MacKillop
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Five Live
(1993)
Dulcinea
(1994)
Acoustic Dance Party
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Dulcinea is an album by Toad the Wet Sprocket released in 1994. It is their fourth studio album with Columbia Records and the follow-up to their popular album fear, which was released in 1991. Two songs from Dulcinea reached Top 40 designation on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts: "Fall Down" and "Something's Always Wrong". Dulcinea was RIAA Certified Gold on September 1, 1994 and Platinum on July 31, 1995.[3]

The albums' name is a reference to the love interest in Miguel de Cervantes' classic Spanish novel, Don Quixote. At least two songs on the album allude to themes found in the novel. "Crowing" is a song about a person who does not know how to hold onto a lover. "Windmills" is a metaphorical song about how people spend much of their lives chasing absurd or impossible pursuits (the allusion being to a specific scene in Don Quixote where the title character uselessly attacks a windmill).

Dulcinea also delves into some spiritual themes. "Fly from Heaven" is sung from the perspective of James, who is portrayed as Jesus' literal brother and is upset by Paul's manipulation of Jesus' word. "Begin" and "Reincarnation Song" each explore questions about death and the afterlife.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fly from Heaven"   Glen Phillips 4:38
2. "Woodburning"   Todd Nichols, Phillips 3:59
3. "Something's Always Wrong"   Nichols, Phillips 4:59
4. "Stupid"   Phillips 2:42
5. "Crowing"   Phillips 3:20
6. "Listen"   Nichols, Phillips 4:09
7. "Windmills"   Phillips 3:50
8. "Nanci"   Phillips 3:00
9. "Fall Down"   Nichols, Phillips 3:24
10. "Inside"   Nichols, Phillips 4:19
11. "Begin"   Nichols, Phillips 4:05
12. "Reincarnation Song"   Phillips 4:44
13. "Hope" (bonus track on international release)    

Other tracks recorded during the album's 1993 sessions included "Crazy Life" (later released on the Empire Records soundtrack and remixed by Tom Lord-Alge for Coil) as well as an alternate take of "Reincarnation Song" and two tracks, "Hope" and "All Right" which would be released on In Light Syrup the following year.

Personnel[edit]

Toad The Wet Sprocket

  • Glen Phillips – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Todd Nichols – guitars, backing vocals
  • Dean Dinning – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Randy Guss – drums, percussion

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200 34

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Fall Down" Billboard Hot 100 33
Mainstream Rock Chart 5
Modern Rock Tracks 1
Top 40 Mainstream 24
"Something's Always Wrong" Billboard Hot 100 41
Mainstream Rock Chart 22
Modern Rock Tracks 9
Top 40 Mainstream 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dulcinea (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sputnik Music Review: Dulcinea
  3. ^ RIAA search page through which album's Gold and Platinum statuses can be verified. [1]