Dulcinea (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 24, 1994
Recorded1993 at "The Site" studio in Marin County, California, USA
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerGavin MacKillop
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Five Live
Acoustic Dance Party
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock7/10 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 album's 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 on to 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). The album’s artwork (illustrated by influential artist Jason Holley) also explores Cervantes' windmill metaphor, depicting the incongruence between the way things are and how we tend to perceive them.

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]

1."Fly from Heaven"Glen Phillips4:38
2."Woodburning"Todd Nichols, Phillips3:59
3."Something's Always Wrong"Nichols, Phillips4:59
6."Listen"Nichols, Phillips4:09
9."Fall Down"Nichols, Phillips3:24
10."Inside"Nichols, Phillips4:19
11."Begin"Nichols, Phillips4:05
12."Reincarnation Song"Phillips4:44
13."Hope" (bonus track on international release) 3:37

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.




Chart Peak
US Billboard 200 34[citation needed]


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


  1. ^ McCartney, Kelly. "Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  2. ^ Wilding, Philip (March 2012). "Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea/In Light Syrup". Classic Rock (168): 106.
  3. ^ RIAA search page through which album's Gold and Platinum statuses can be verified. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-08-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)