Toadies' Rubberneck still taut

Hop on this mid-'90s grunge classic

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Rubberneck
TOADIES

(Fontana/Interscope)

After the early-'90s grunge onslaught, a slew of wannabe bands cropped up and got signed, burned brightly for a minute, then flamed out. Very little of that music is worthwhile these days, but Toadies' Rubberneck is an exception. Taut, heavy and melodic, the songs pack serious punch 14 years later, with "Possum Kingdom," "Backslider," "Mister Love" and "I Come From the Water" standing out. Frontman Todd Lewis' pained, pissed-off yowl is the key element to the songs' visceral allure, with crunchy beats and sinewy, interlocked guitars providing a sturdy chassis.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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