New Constellation is Toad the Wet Sprocketâ€™s sixth studio album, their first album in over fifteen years after 1997â€™s Coil.
The album opens with the title track, â€œCalifornia Wasted,â€ and â€œThe Moment,â€ where on the latter of which we hear the band sing, â€œThere is nothing but the moment, donâ€™t you waste it on regretâ€ The band slows it down for â€œGolden Ageâ€ and the sweet â€œLife is Beautiful.â€ â€œThe Eyeâ€ is a bit corny with its lyrics, but perhaps for that reason it fits into the rest of the album.
â€œEnoughâ€ is the first track where we hear a bit of aggression and â€œIâ€™m Not Waitingâ€ displays a bit of disappointment in the lyrics. The album closes with â€œFinally Fading,â€ perhaps one of the strongest songs on this album. (These songs may sound better live.)
Overall, this is a very happy record, (they even have a track called â€œLife is Beautifulâ€). Personally though, I miss the sounds from albums like Fear and Dulcinea. I suppose I miss the days of wearing flannel when Toad the Wet Sprocket had a less-than-optimistic outlook on life. Still, itâ€™s difficult to get the melodies from New Constellation out of your head.