With Teens of Denial, his first real “studio” album with an actual band, Will Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of eastern and western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.
A1 Fill In The Blank
B1 Destroyed By Hippie Powers
B2 (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't A Problem)
B3 Not What I Needed
B4 Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales
C1 1937 State Park
C2 Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)
C3 Cosmic Hero
D1 The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia
D2 Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)
D3 Joe Goes To School
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