The Toothpaste and the Tube
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BEANS ON TOAST – THE TOOTHPASTE AND THE TUBE – ALBUM REVIEW
Every year on his birthday, December 1st, folk hero Beans On Toast releases a new snapshot of world events. With last year seeing the release of a kids boxset, ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’ represents the first traditional collection in two years which feels like a lifetime after a run of fourteen albums in thirteen years from 2009 to 2021.
Sadly the world has only continued to spiral into chaos and despair over the intervening period, so there are the expected takes on some of the most serious events such as on ‘The Three Stooges’, ‘Work to Do’ and ‘Against The War’.
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As per the title, this album however acknowledges that whilst you can’t undo those issues, you can try to address them in a better future! This therefore could be the most well-rounded Beans On Toast album thus far as he tackles everything from sewage, the green sheen and AI to mythical creatures, storied pubs and connecting with lost ones through birds!
Musically the album is another exploration of collaboration with Ferris & Sylvester working with Beans to create another unique presentation for those powerful lyrics. ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’ ultimately is another fine compilation of tracks from Beans On Toast and one that feels quite fresh after a longer gap.
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Watch Episode 43 of The Full Pelt Music Podcast with guest Beans On Toast