In the Pursuit of Leisure

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ever since their mainstream breakthrough, Sugar Ray have been dogged by naysayers who are hell-bent on proving that the band don't deserve to be taken seriously. Trouble is, Mark McGrath and company have never claimed that they want to be seen that way -- even going so far as to title an album 14:59, a play on their being near the end of the 15 minutes of fame allotted by Andy Warhol. In the Pursuit of Leisure offers no significant departures from the band's sunny mix of shiny, happy pop and bouncy rock riffs, punctuated by a good bit of humor. The crunchy "Mr. Bartender" -- which borrows a snatch of glam-metal melody from the Sweet's "Love Is like Oxygen," plus a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Ever since their mainstream breakthrough, Sugar Ray have been dogged by naysayers who are hell-bent on proving that the band don't deserve to be taken seriously. Trouble is, Mark McGrath and company have never claimed that they want to be seen that way -- even going so far as to title an album 14:59, a play on their being near the end of the 15 minutes of fame allotted by Andy Warhol. In the Pursuit of Leisure offers no significant departures from the band's sunny mix of shiny, happy pop and bouncy rock riffs, punctuated by a good bit of humor. The crunchy "Mr. Bartender" -- which borrows a snatch of glam-metal melody from the Sweet's "Love Is like Oxygen," plus a sample of Midnight Star's disco favorite "No Parking On the Dance Floor" -- interpolates references to Eric Idle and Led Zeppelin in an introductory interlude, and somehow makes the juxtaposition work. Likewise, the cock-rock swagger of "In Through the Doggie Door" avoids the appearance of heavy-handedness, thanks to McGrath's winking delivery of the pseudo-sleazy lyric. Things lighten up on a fairly straightforward cover of Joe Jackson's tuneful lament, "Is She Really Going Out with Him?," as well as the Hawaiian-tinged "Heaven," which carries the disc's summery feel to its logical conclusion. Like cotton candy and cumulus clouds, In the Pursuit of Leisure is a light, fluffy, and totally enjoyable addition to the seasonal landscape.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Do you want proof that Sugar Ray are smarter, or at least savvier, than they seem? They not only abandoned funk-metal the second they had a hit with the breezy "Fly," they ran with their newfound success, turning into the sunny, good-time summertime band that American pop radio desperately needed in the bleak, self-absorbed aftermath of grunge. Thing was, they were much better as a pop band than a rock band; although they could occasionally hit a rocker out of the park, as they did on the punky power pop of "Answer the Phone," they felt more comfortable when they laid back and let the hooks speak for themselves, something they felt increasingly comfortable doing with each successive album, culminating in their first-rate 2001 eponymous record. That was a clean, straightforward pop album, working within the mainstream tradition and sounding surprisingly timeless in many ways. Its 2003 successor continues in the pop vein, but it tries to be a more contemporary version of that album, overloaded with modern drum beats and loops and processed guitars. Often, this is merely window-dressing on a good pop song, but sometimes it overwhelms the track if there are no hooks there -- as it does, ironically, on the album's first single, "Mr. Bartender It's So Easy." So, it's not as consistent as Sugar Ray, stumbling on occasion, but it does deliver some great guilty pleasures -- the opening "Chasin' You Around"; the sweet "Heaven"; the rocker "In Through the Doggie Door," which redeems its title; the excellent cover of "Is She Really Going Out With Him?," where vocalist Mark McGrath precisely mimics the tone, timbre, and phrasing of Joe Jackson; and, finally, "Blues From a Gun," where they appropriate a Jesus & Mary Chain title and come up with a song that's pretty much the polar opposite of the Mary Chain. It all adds up to another winning record by a band who has proven to be far more resilient than anybody could have guessed when "Fly" flew to the top of the charts in 1997.
Blender - RJ Smith
McGrath sounds both sexier and more gentle, sensitive and irresponsible, playing both the good boyfriend and the cad.

McGrath sounds both sexier and more gentle, sensitive and irresponsible, playing both the good boyfriend and the cad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678361623
  • Catalog Number: 83616
  • Sales rank: 124,063

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugar Ray Primary Artist
Shaggy Vocals
DJ Homicide Turntables, Background Vocals
Esthero Vocals
Mark McGrath Guitar, Vocals
Murphy Karges Bass
Rodney Sheppard Guitar, Background Vocals
Stan Frazier Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rob Brill Engineer
Steve Fox Producer
David Kahne Programming, Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
Steve Gallagher Engineer
DJ Homicide Programming
Steve Duda Engineer
Stan Frazier Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    as always, sugar ray has rolled out another awesome album. every song is great. if you buy one cd this year, make sure it's this one. i guarantee you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The defenition of a great summer album

    It's high pace, adrenaline, and rush. No, I am not talking about a roller coaster I am talking about Sugar Rays new CD In The Pursuit of Lesiure. What starts off with a bang ends with a grand finale of great instrumental times and one rockin voice. If you were to buy one CD this year make sure it is this one. This is one CD you'll be rockin the house down with over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Need a soundtrack for your summer!?

    Sugar Ray - In the pursuit of Leisure! When you read this title aren't you curious what this record must sound like?! I bet you are... This album is absolutely thé summer soundtrack of this year. This album is filth with summer tracks, that makes you feel like lying in the sun and sing a long with all of these great songs. It contains a cover of is she really going out with him, which is just great and is the second single of this album. The first single of this album is Mr. Bartender (it's so easy), you probably heard it on the radio. Another one of those great summer tracks for you to go crazy with. So why wait and lye around. Get to your local record shop and get your copie of sugar Ray's In the Pursuit of Leisure. Because you don't need a better summer than with Sugar Ray including lots of memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    This is the best cd I've gotten in a while. Actually, since Sugar Ray's last cd. Their cds seem to be the only ones that I can just hit play and not have to skip over certain songs. Most cds only have one or two tracks that you listen to, but each one of these are just so great to listen to. I've been listening to the cd since I got it about a month ago and know all the songs by heart already. I recommend everyone get this and blast out their neighbors with it. Share the Sugar Ray love! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Album of Moods

    I've been listening to this album since it's release and I can definitely say that this album can tap into your mood and imagination. This album can take the stress right out of a bad day if you let it. It can take you from partying on the river with songs like "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" and "Chasin' You Around"; to the carribean beaches with "56 Hope Road" and "Whatever We Are"; to relaxing by the pool with "Heaven" and "She's Different". All you need is the mood and an imagination. I enjoy listening to this new album because of where it can take me. Try it and see where Sugar Ray can take you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A refeshing CD

    When i purchased "In the Pursuit of Leisure", i immediately brought it out to my car and put it in my cd player. I was swept away by what i heard. I thought the whole album was terrific. From the first song to the last song. The album has songs with soft melodies, and it has songs with great guitar riffs. It has a great Californian feel to it. Most of the album makes me want to roll down the windows of my car and let the music take me away. This CD would be a great gift for all ages. I highly recommend this album to anyone, anywhere. It is a great cd to livin up parties because it has great beats and makes people want to dance. I recommended this cd to all my friends and family. It is one of the greatest albums I own (which is over 200), and it holds a high place in my heart. I HIGHLY recommend this album to you, and I hope you take my word for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great cd!!

    SUGAR RAY HAS DONE IT AGAIN!! THIS TIME WITH THEIR NEW CD "IN THE PURSUIT OF LEISURE" ITS AN AWESOME CD!!!! MY FAVORITE SONGS INCLUDE: "CHASIN' YOU AROUND", "HEAVEN", AND "MR. BARTENDER" I THINK IT IS SUCH A GREAT CD...YOU WILL TOTALLY LOVE ALL THE NEW SONGS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In the Pursuit of a good Time!

    This summer when you are cruising, laying on the beach, swimming, tanning, partying, whatever...this is the #1 CD to bring along. The music is great feel-good party music and is definately going to be my Summer 2003 soundtrack! 'Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy' is one of those can't sit still songs. If you buy only one CD this summer, this should be it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    if a CD cover could talk!!

    Ok first off I am not one to talk about a CD to my friend i feel they should like what ever but that was before I heard "In the Pursuit of Leisure" there are some song that just hit you like Chasin you around (I thought of my brother) Mr. bartender thought of my Job. It a feel good CD and now, I have all my friend buying it. I myself I love Matchbox twenty, Maroon 5, Train, and goo goo dolls, but I think Suger Ray is so on to somthing here is has the best of Stan and the best of mark and all the guy from suger Ray really went all out for this CD Please keep up the great work guys!! love Erin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IN THE PERSUIT OF LEISURE

    IN THE PERSUIT OF LEISURE: ...it totally rocks! i picked mine up the day i got it, and haven't been able to stop listening to it! I think it's gonna be the summer soundtrack. You may have heard their new song on the radio called "mr. bartender(its so easy)".....well the songs on the album are just like that! upbeat, fun to listen to, and just off the wall crazy. My favourite song is "cant start".....If you can get a hold of this album, GET IT!. helpsupport sugar ray, and enjoy yourself at the same time....trust me, youll love it...i promise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sugar Ray has done it once again!!!

    With each new Sugar Ray cd that comes out, I anticipate what their latest sound will be like. "In the Pursuit of Leisure" gives Sugar Ray a great new sound and a cd filled with 12 tracks that will be stuck in your head all day. I purchased this album the day it came out because I wasn't able to wait any longer. This album did not disappoint me. From the easy-listening, sweet-sounding "Heaven" to the edgier, rock-filled "In Through the Doggie Door," this album has a song for everyone. This includes fans of the 80's because the band covers "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and gives the song a new vibe. "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)," Sugar Ray's latest single is a classic Sugar Ray sounding song that fits this summer easily. The album also includes some possible future hits with "Chasin' You Around" "Whatever We Are" and "56 Hope Rd (Featuring Shaggy)" I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for some good music, whether or not you are a Sugar Ray fan. When you listen to this album, I guarantee that you will become one. This album will send you through 12 tracks of pure nonstop Sugar Ray fun, especially if you're in the pursuit of leisure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Summer Fun

    In The Pursuit of Leisure," the newest release from those Southern California surfer dudes also known as SUGAR RAY, is packed with the sounds of summer. There's a little something for everyone on their latest release. "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" makes you want to get up and shake what your mama gave ya, while the disc's first song, "Chasing You Around" sounds like the typical, infectious song of the summer that Sugar Ray never fails to deliver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sexy Sugar Ray!!!

    Sugar Ray have outdone themselves again!! This album has it all!! From the sexy Mark to the sexy Homicide, and all the sexy boys!!! It is a great album to drive to ( but watch out girls for daydreaming about the boys). Their island sound combined with rock undertones cannot be found anywhere else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best cd

    Comforting, unique, great. These are just a few out of the millions of words to describe the new Sugar Ray Album "Pursuit of Leisure." The new album has an upbeat tune, great lyrics, and a unique theme. This cd is awesome. The new cd has an upbeat tune that makes you want to get up dance, and sing. What is so awesome about the tune and beat is that it is something to party to but also something that is comforting when you want to just sit down and relax. When listening to the album alone and close your eyes it helps you to imagine you are at some tropical beach. When you are with your friends the cd gives you something to do, like party. The lyrics of the album help you to understand what the artists are thinking and to help you get into their mind a little. The best part of the lyrics is that combinded with the beat it makes you learn the words a lot quicker. For example just after two days of having the album I went to the concert and new almost every word to each of the songs. This cd overall is different then any other cd I have heard. The style and theme of the cd is cool. Each one of Sugar Ray's albums have a theme and unique style that makes them so different and great. The new cd "In The Pursuit of Leisure" it has like a mexican style theme that fits with the music to give it that uniqueness. It makes you kind of know what it sounds like just by looking at the cover. This cd is amazing. I recommend it to anyone. Even if you don't like Sugar Ray, I assure you that you will love the album. With it's upbeat tune, great lyrics, and unique theme it is sure to get you in a great mood and make you love the cd. I recommend this album and every other Sugar Ray Album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Sugar Ray CD yet

    I know that every CD has atleast one bad song on it, and even though Sugar Ray is my favorite group, I mean it when I say that not a single song on this CD is bad. My least favorite is "56 Hope Road" and I love it. Sugar Ray knows how to change their style everytime to keep people interested in them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The recipe for the Perfect summer CD!

    The new Sugar Ray CD "In The Pursuit of Leisure" is absolute "Heaven" (as is the 3rd track title)! They've poured all the ingredients of summer into this one! 1 Part Playful - "Chasin' You Around" A Hint of Effervescence - cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" A Pinch of Comedy - "Bring me the Head Of..." A Splash of Sizzle - "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" A Touch of Gold - "Can't Start" 2 Dashes of Sweetness - "Photograph Of You" & "Heaven" A Sprinkle of Reggae - "56 Hope Road" (featuring Shaggy) A Smidgen of Sunshine - "Whatever We Are" A Drop of Pop - "She's Different" A Bit of Mischief - "In Through The Doggie Door" A Tad Poignant - "Blues From A Gun" This mix is the recipe for the Perfect summer CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sugar Ray does it Again!

    Sugar Ray has simply wowed its fans once again! This album changes it up a little with the new tunes and more danceable beats, but keeps the band fresh and the fans wanting more! Their latest single Mr. Bartender, has a terrific beat that makes you want to get up and dance. I can't say enough about this fantastic album except that everyone should get a copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ~~~~~~SPEECHLESS~~~~~~~~

    what should i tell u?! i'm SPEECHLESS because i just listened to this great sugar ray album!!! it's just grandiosely and awesome!!! i'm really NOT kidding! simply listen to it and u HAVE TO believe me! because if u hear it u must love it!! and if u have it u want another one!! so if u don't have all sugar ray albums... buy them, too and u will never forget to smile!! because their good mood vibe is unpayable!!! the WHOLE world should hear about that great sound!! because it lets u forget all your sorrows and even if u don't want to it lets your body dance!! however, "IN THE PURSUIT OF LEISURE" is worth every cent!! ENJOY it!! i'm glad to have it.... hehe ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sugar Ray, In the Pursuit

    In Sugar Ray's 5th album, In the Pursuit of Leasiure, there is something for everyone. 'Heaven" is sure to take you to a place you've never been, while "Mr.Bartender" will want to make you jump up and get your groove on. If your more a rocker type, "In through the Doggie Door is your cup of tea. All in all, this cd is another great product of Sugar Ray, the guys I love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique

    once again sugar ray has produced an album with its own distinct flare. all of sugar ray's cds have their own uniqueness to it, and considering this is the fifth album, one may have feared that the albums individuality may have been threatened. however the band soothes any fears quickly. the cd featuring shaggy in one song, has several different sounds to it...some tracks are fluffier than others, some more of the rock genre, and some even cross into a hip hop vibe. this is a definet listen for the summer, and if you dont have the album, you are missing out.

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