Lights Out

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
For numerous pop-punk bands, there seems to be somewhat of a standard progression of albums. There are exceptions, of course, but for many, album number one is the hook-blasted, immediate satisfaction one. Album number two takes stabs at maturity with an oft-darker vibe. And then album number three rolls around and it's a crapshoot. By now and often depending on the current label situation the band has either gone off the deep end, been totally mainstream spit-shined, or managed to successfully combine elements of both earlier albums into a more focused record. Sugarcult have basically followed that progression and, thankfully, were able to end up in the last part of that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Corey Apar
For numerous pop-punk bands, there seems to be somewhat of a standard progression of albums. There are exceptions, of course, but for many, album number one is the hook-blasted, immediate satisfaction one. Album number two takes stabs at maturity with an oft-darker vibe. And then album number three rolls around and it's a crapshoot. By now and often depending on the current label situation the band has either gone off the deep end, been totally mainstream spit-shined, or managed to successfully combine elements of both earlier albums into a more focused record. Sugarcult have basically followed that progression and, thankfully, were able to end up in the last part of that sentence with their third offering and V2 debut, Lights Out. The quartet has now almost fully embraced the power pop
ock aspect of its sound, which has always been more American Hi-Fi than Green Day anyway. The songs are more gravel-coated than sugar-smacked, though, and vocalist Tim Pagnotta's voice is more weathered-sounding this time around to augment to the record's overall seasoned, somewhat disillusioned feel. Because regardless of the record's unfailing singalongability check out the stirring power choruses of "Hiatus" and "Do It Alone", there's just something about Lights Out that emanates band cynicism -- not that this is a bad thing, since the music remains fun and catchy nonetheless. Both love and the music scene have left the guys confused and fed up, yet defiant, and tracks like the murky desire of "Los Angeles," the meditative sway of "Shaking," and the bitterly attitude-laced "Dead Living" "Beauty lies in the ignorant/With the sound of selling out to the innocent" wade through these feelings well. Nothing on the album is quite as immediate as most of Sugarcult's past work, but that hardly matters; Lights Out has successfully balanced rock, grit, power, and pop, to leave the band sounding stronger than ever before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: V2
  • UPC: 638812732422
  • Catalog Number: 27324
  • Sales rank: 49,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lights Out (0:37)
  2. 2 Dead Living (3:38)
  3. 3 Los Angeles (3:57)
  4. 4 Do It Alone (3:07)
  5. 5 Explode (1:52)
  6. 6 Out of Phase (3:26)
  7. 7 Made a Mistake (4:14)
  8. 8 Riot (3:28)
  9. 9 Majoring in Minors (2:55)
  10. 10 Shaking (3:52)
  11. 11 The Investigation (3:49)
  12. 12 Hiatus (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sugarcult Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Gavin MacKillop Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Defense against the "pop-rock" classification

    Sugarcult has been labeled under pop-rock, pop-punk, power-pop… Their new CD is far from the supposed “pop-rock” sounds of their older CDs. It shows, in Tim Pagnotta’s own words, that they’re “just a straight-up rock band.” Being one of the fortunate ones to get to Lights Out in my hands before the general public, I didn’t take the extra days for granted. I rushed to my CD player and spent the whole weekend before the release date to get acquainted with it. Call me infatuated, but I think I’m in love. Once again, Tim wows us with the heart felt lyrics, Marko DeSantis amazes us with his guitar, Airin gets our hearts pumping with the bass line, and Kenny Livingston makes us dance with the beats from his drums. The WHOLE CD is a masterpiece of capturing the all the emotion in the moment, all the love and pain in life, all the wishful thinking, all the urges to escape… and singing it in such a mature way that doesn’t make it sound as corny as I just described it. Forget just downloading the songs, get the CD for the art. There are only two pictures of the band, a good way to steer away the fans that only like them to treat them like a boy band. “Lights Out and Recurrent Love Themes”, compiled by Marko and placed on the first page of the CD booklet, is pieced together very artistically. It highlights lyrics from all the songs and collects them in such a fitting way that they could just make another song with it. I read through it like ten times before I played the CD, then every time a line would come up in a song, it felt like I won a prize. It’s great, it’s fun! I make this CD sound perfect. There has to be some complaints, right? Somewhere where they went wrong? They repeat a lot of words, but the it’s not over done. There’s a lot of counting, and that does no harm either. The song “Lights Out” isn’t kid-friendly if you’re trying to steer your younger associations away from cuss words, but simple solution: just skip the track ‘til they leave the room. The almost nude lady on the cover is “stimulating,” my mom complained. She has a point, I don’t want people thinking I’m a perv when I take it around with me. Another simple solution to avoid complaining moms: go get it autographed right on the lady. Any real complaints? Not at all. With their constant touring, growing fan base, and ability to keep creating great albums, it doesn’t seem like the lights will be going out on Sugarcult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lights outt 3

    Sugarcult has once again outdone them selves with this one...im close to saing its their best album yett. a little on the softer side... but still just as rockin as sugarcult should be.

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