Continuing my look at 1994, first by counting down my own top ten albums of that year.
#2 – Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket
I know this is an album I love, because it’s almost tapped out in terms of representation on this blog. Today’s track is the ninth of its 12 songs to feature as a Song of the Day.
Dulcinea is Today the Wet Sprocket’s fourth album, and the first new release after I became a fan of the band. My future wife and I had bonded over our love of their previous album, Fear, and we eagerly anticipated the release of this one.
Listening to Jackson Browne’s I’m Alive last week and now this song today, I’m reminded that the early 90s contained their fair share of musical treasures.
Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Dulcinea is one of my favorite albums from that era. This is the best release by one of the best alternative rock bands of all time, one that has never received half the recognition they deserve.
Back in 2012 I counted down my favorite 90s albums and Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Dulcinea landed in the tenth spot.
That feels low to me as I sit here and contemplate the album and its impact on me back in 1994, but when I check out the titles that rounded out the top ten it’s hard to justify moving it up against such stiff competition.
Best Albums of the 90s – #10
Dulcinea – Toad the Wet Sprocket (1994)
I recently named Toad the Wet Sprocket as my favorite 90s band so it should come as no surprise that their best album shows up on this list.
Dulcinea, released in 1994, is so good that today’s SOTD marks the sixth song I’ve featured from it, and I featured one of those twice.
Best 90s Artists – #1
Toad the Wet Sprocket
I’ll admit, it was a bit of a struggle to come up with ten bands for a 90s countdown. The decade pales in comparison to its predecessors, whether it’s the British explosion of the 60s, the singer-songwriter movement of the 70s or the New Wave cool of the 80s.
The defining sound of the 90s — grunge — is almost by definition unpleasant to the ear. It’s often more about attitude than sound.