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** 1/2 Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Coil," Columbia.

June 29, 1997|Steve Hochman

Toad's been overtaken by Counting Crows and the Wallflowers in the earnest-young-men sweepstakes, but the Santa Barbara quartet answers more sharply than ever both in its playing and Glen Phillips' lyrics and singing. "Amnesia," with Richard Thompson-like folk-rock textures, and "Little Buddha," which transcends its R.E.M. blueprint, are clever and compelling. But what a few years ago might have sounded ahead of the curve now too often seems lost in the pack.

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