The adage “Good things come to those who wait” has proved true for fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Nearly two decades after disbanding, the four original members have come back together and created a stunning album in New Constellation. The first single and title track is bright and full-bodied, proving that the group’s talent for creating tantalizing aural hooks has not diminished over the years. Time away has also seasoned the band’s musical sensibilities, highlighted in the delicate “Golden Age” and jazzy undertones of “Rare Bird.” Lyrically, the record is poetic, at times effervescent (“Life Is Beautiful”), occasionally devastating (“Enough,” “California Wasted”), and always thoughtful. “We will return …” Glen Phillips sings on “Golden Age” — and so they have, better than ever. Phillips gives a solo performance on Wednesday, March 26, at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (1221 State St.). Call (805) 962-7776 or visit sohosb.com for tickets and info.
Toad the Wet Sprocket