New Constellation

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New Constellation
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Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)
Recorded December 2012—March 2013 [1]
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:10
Label Abe's Records
Producer Mikal Blue
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992
(2004)Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 19922004
New Constellation
(2013)
Architect of the Ruin (EP)
(2015)String Module Error: Match not found2015
Singles from New Constellation
  1. "New Constellation"
    Released: June 5, 2013
  2. "The Moment"
    Released: January 6, 2014
  3. "California Wasted"
    Released: August 18, 2014

New Constellation is the sixth studio album by American rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, released October 15, 2013, through Abe's Records. It is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.[2] Financed with more than $250,000 from approximately 6,300 contributors on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, it is the first full-length studio release since the band's 1997 album Coil.[3][4]

Background and recording[edit]

Following the band's official breakup in 1998 the members played numerous shows and released several albums, including a compilation of hits and fan favorites in 1999 (P.S. (A Toad Retrospective)), a live album in 2004 (Welcome Home: Live at the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara 1992) and a greatest hits album in 2011 (All You Want). The band recorded two new studio tracks for P.S. (A Toad Retrospective) and a Christmas song originally performed by Sam Phillips titled "It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas" in 2011.

In an interview with Yahoo Music published on July 29, 2014, singer/guitarist Glen Phillips described the one-off shows and the time period around them:

"Three to four years ago, it started feeling like fun again. We started enjoying each other’s company and remembered what made it good and we kind of got out of our own inter-personal dramas a little bit. At some point, it felt like it would be a good idea to make another record, to actually enjoy each other’s company and make some good art again."[5]

On March 22, 2013, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that the recording process of their new album was finished.[6] The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Mikal Blue at Revolver Studios in Thousand Oaks, California.[4]

Funding[edit]

To fund the album, the band decided to use the crowdfunding source Kickstarter with hopes of raising $50,000 within a few months. The goal was reached in just 20 hours and eventually surpassed $250,000.[4][5]

Release[edit]

On June 29, 2013, the full album (known as the Advance Digital Download Deluxe Edition) was made available as a download to contributors of the Kickstarter campaign. The band put together several bundles of the release based on the amount pledged. Some packages included signed copies, limited editions and even personal appearances.[4]

The physical and retail digital release came October 15, 2013, through the band's independent record label, Abe's Records.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10[8]
WhatCulture! 4/5 stars[9]

New Constellation received mostly positive feedback from music critics. Michael Perone of WhatCulture! describes the album's tracks as having "a sunny pop sheen reminiscent of their home state’s weather," and that "it’s difficult to get any of the melodies out of your head."[9] Fred Thomas of AllMusic writes, "Older, wiser, and with a newfound hopefulness that wasn't there in their younger days, Toad deliver an uncluttered and thoughtful next step of their ongoing songcraft."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Toad the Wet Sprocket.

New Constellation – Standard edition[2]
No. Title Length
1. "New Constellation" 3:19
2. "California Wasted" 3:50
3. "The Moment" 4:06
4. "Rare Bird" 4:22
5. "I'll Bet On You" 3:46
6. "Golden Age" 4:40
7. "Get What You Want" 3:20
8. "Is There Anyone Out There" 3:45
9. "Life Is Beautiful" 3:22
10. "The Eye" 4:28
11. "Enough" 6:05
Total length: 45:10
Advance Digital Download Deluxe Edition and European CD[4]
No. Title Length
12. "Friendly Fire" 4:02
13. "Last To Fall" 3:38
14. "I'm Not Waiting" 3:11
15. "Finally Fading" 3:04
Total length: 59:03

Charts[edit]

New Constellation debuted at No. 97 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 4,000 copies in its first week of release.[10]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 97
U.S. Independent Albums[11] 23
U.S. Alternative Albums[11] 24
U.S. Rock Albums[11] 35

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "New Constellation - Toad The Wet Sprocket". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "New Constellation: Toad the Wet Sprocket: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Blistein, Jon (June 5, 2013). "Toad the Wet Sprocket Find a 'New Constellation' - Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "New Studio Album from Toad the Wet Sprocket!". Kickstarter. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rosen, Craig (July 29, 2014). "Toad the Wet Sprocket: Back and Doing It Themselves". Yahoo Music. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Toad the Wet Sprocket (March 22, 2013). "Now that we are done recording the new Toad CD I had some time for night-fishing Lake Sherwood CA!". Toad the Wet Sprocket on Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ New Constellation at AllMusic
  8. ^ Garratt, John (October 14, 2013). "Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation". PopMatters. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Perone, Michael (September 10, 2013). "Toad The Wet Sprocket – New Constellation Review". WhatCulture!. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 25, 2013). "Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged' Returns". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d New Constellation - Toad the Wet Sprocket - Awards - AllMusic
  12. ^ "New Constellation - Toad the Wet Sprocket - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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