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A dark and dreamy trip,
This review is from: Join The Dots (Audio CD)
At the tail end of the year, when most critics have already written their best of lists Toy release their second album Join The Dots. This deserves to be added to those lists. Building on their first album TOY have delivered a psychedelic guitar driven album of songs that is more mature than their debut. It has numbers that build and gather momentum as they go. You Won't Be The Same starts as a standard guitar psych number that's been heard before but about half way in starts to gather pace, with guitar and effects taking over. In fact it the instrumentation here that works best as shown on the title track. A driven riff with effects leads into a vocal after more than a minute and then this is dispensed with to great effect when the guitars come crashing in - its almost Post Rock meets Psychedelia. It has some nods to other recent similar albums such as Tame Impala's Lonerism. However, there is a bit more focus here and more drive in the rhythm section. Its not that spaced out.
Join The Dots is a great follow up effort that shows a darker side to TOY. It has some great moments and promises much. I can only imagine that live this will be expanded to great effect. Until then enjoy this dark and dreamy trip