“TimeThief,” Frogpond’s first new album in 20 years, brims with momentous pop anthems, striking dynamics and riff-heavy stomps that draw on the band’s visceral grunge and power-pop aesthetics. Heidi Phillips’ engrossing vocal melodies are at the core of each song, delivering truths with an unvarnished poignancy. The succinct 10-track effort characterizes the sound that made the group a ‘90s alt-rock fan favorite, and declares that the music speak for itself.
The addition of prominent Kansas City musicians Kristin Conkright on rhythm guitar, Michelle Bacon on drums and Meredith McGrade on bass evokes Frogpond’s original spirit of vitality and camaraderie. With this configuration and an endlessly playable record, ‘TimeThief’ marks much more than a reunion, but a bold, lived-in proclamation of self-expression and independence