"People who haven't experienced long bouts of depression think that it's about the things that happen to you, where I really think it's more of an internal process, kind of machines in the head that feed on sad stories." - Throughout his career, Glen Phillips has battled depression. The Toad the Wet Sprocket singer tells us once reached a point where he "didn't want to be alive," and explains how he recently turned all of that around: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/glen_phillips_of_toad_the_wet_sprocket/
New Constellation is a great album.
Particularly, "The Moment" should definitely be picked as Song of the Year … because it is indeed no less than a masterpiece. Just listen to it and enjoy it folks, again and again :)
Their albums always do a good job exploring literary and spiritual themes. Dulcinea refers to the love interest of Miguel Cervantes' "Don Quixote." "Don Quixote," the book, questions the value of certain ideals: sanity, love, friendship, etc. Dulcinea includes some of the same abstract ideas. "Windmills," is a nod to the book, and describes a person's efforts to obtain impossible dreams, most likely love.
The Fear CD was brought to my town by a friend who was an exchange student in the US, extremely few must have known about them in Norway. This album might be FM rock like matchbox 20, but damn is that album good and quality music writing.