No Deliverance

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More than seven years after the release of 2001’s HELL BELOW/STARS ABOVE, the Texan alternative-rock act Toadies finally reemerged with its third studio album, NO DELIVERANCE. Marked by chugging guitar lines and singer Todd Lewis’s howling vocals, these songs successfully revisit the band’s mid-1990s post-grunge heyday, particularly on the urgent, Soundgarden-like opener, “So Long Lovey Eyes”; the stinging title track; and the sinister stomper “Hell in High Water.” Though nothing on NO DELIVERANCE quite matches Toadies’ hook-filled hit “Possum Kingdom,” it’s a fine return to form that will easily please diehard fans of the Lone Star State ensemble.

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