Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Album of the Day

Toy Matinee, by Toy Matinee (1990): Sometimes, the quality of an album hits you at the weirdest time. I got it, used, sometime while I was in law school. The only tunes that registered in the first few listens were "Last Plane Out," which reminded me of Rabin-era Yes's best pop stuff, and "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge," which struck me as a modern take on Steely Dan. Everything else just failed to register. Then I'm in the courtroom at school, getting ready to do a mock trial, nervous as all get out. For some reason, "Things She Said" popped into my head. Not in the "I can't get this horrible earbug out of my head" sort of way, either. It just "clicked," and the rest of the album did so shortly thereafter. Like I said, weird, huh?

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