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Sugar Ray
     

Sugar Ray

5.0 8
by Sugar Ray
 
Two years after using 14:59 to tweak folks who insisted they were destined for 15 minutes of fame, Mark McGrath and company have returned -- a little more grown up, a little mellower, but just as adroit at creating sweet melodies that stick in the head after just a single listen. This self-titled disc is a departure in a lot of ways. The

Overview

Two years after using 14:59 to tweak folks who insisted they were destined for 15 minutes of fame, Mark McGrath and company have returned -- a little more grown up, a little mellower, but just as adroit at creating sweet melodies that stick in the head after just a single listen. This self-titled disc is a departure in a lot of ways. The party-boy persona that McGrath has flaunted for much of the band's career has been (at least temporarily) retired, and in its place is a guy who's longing to be loved, as evidenced by both the surprisingly gritty "Waiting" and the Philly soul homage "Ours." Fans of the edgier sound the band espoused on, say, Lemonade & Brownies will find the pickings somewhat slim, although "Under the Sun" does allow the band's inspired guitarist, Rodney Sheppard, to let loose. But those who've developed a sweet tooth for Sugar Ray's irresistible singles will no doubt revel in the lilting tones of mini-dramas like "Answer the Phone" and "Stay On" (which features a cameo from 311's Nick Hexum). Light and airy, sure, but those summer breezes sure can make you feel fine.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By their fourth album, Sugar Ray had developed a real ease to their music. Starting with "Fly," they no longer tried so hard to rock -- they no longer tried to ape the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- and began relaxing into a sun-kissed, laid-back groove, the kind of music where even the fast numbers powered by distorted guitars don't necessarily sound heavy. This came to the forefront on 14:59, but it blossoms on that album's follow-up, Sugar Ray. Where 14:59 was a little self-conscious and jokey (culminating in a cover of Steve Miller's "Abracadabra"), Sugar Ray feels easy and natural, so it's easy to smile at the reference to Run-D.M.C.instead of cringing. And that'sthe key to the record -- it's relaxed, utterly without pretension, and often charmingly melodic. Sure, there are some cuts that fall flat, but this record is more consistent than any of their previous albums, thanks not only to a stronger set of material, but the fact that the band is gelling as a band, which makes even the missteps easier to listen to. Best of all, the band never runs from their past, adding another great summer single to their arsenal with "When It's Over" (easily the equal of "Fly" and "Every Morning"), while even sampling "Every Morning" on "Ours." All this doesn't make Sugar Ray seem new, but there's charm to their performances, which make the album seen fresh, all the same. For a supposed one-hit wonder, it's remarkable that they've released their best album four records into their career.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Atlantic Uk
UPC:
0075678341427
catalogNumber:
783414

Tracks

  1. Answer the Phone
  2. When It's Over
  3. Under the Sun
  4. Satellites
  5. Waiting
  6. Ours
  7. Sorry Now
  8. Stay On
  9. Words to Me
  10. Just a Little
  11. Disasterpiece

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugar Ray   Primary Artist
Nicholas Hexum   Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Emmanuel Dean   Keyboards
DJ Homicide   Band
Dave Holdredge   Guitar
William Francis   Guitar
Mark McGrath   Band
Murphy Karges   Band
Rodney Sheppard   Band

Technical Credits

Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer
David Kahne   Programming,Producer
Ralph Sall   Producer
Eddie Miller & His Orchestra   Engineer
Larry Freemantle   Art Direction
John Ewing   Engineer
Eddie Miller   Engineer
Steve Gallagher   Engineer

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Sugar Ray 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They have blown my mind again with this hit record. A song on the cd ''When it's over'' is a great song. If they make a CD like that again they will blow past number 1 on the pop charts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big Johnson, before you critique someone's review for grammar and puncutation, you should check your own. You neglected to set off ''a fat guy'' with commas; it is an appositive clause. Also, it is improper to use an ''s'' on the end of ''writing'' and ''kind''; they are already in the plural form. In addition, a comma is always used after a conjuntion that separates two independent clauses. In this case, I am referring to your last set of sentences concerning HIS crediblity. How about yours? And does it really make his opinion any less valid because he had a few technical errors? Is YOUR opinion any less valid? The main purpose of writing reviews is to share people's likes and dislikes about music and books--not grade their writing as if they were in English class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack, the fat guy needs to proofread his writings before he posts them to the Internet. It hurts his credibility and makes you wonder what kinds of people are listening to Sugar Ray.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd was superely the Best they have mad with their new sound!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new self-titled cd by Sugar Ray is awesome! Every single song on the cd sounds like it can be heard on the radio someday. ''When It's Over'', the current single, displays the band's trademark beach-like sound. This cd ranges musically. For instance, ''Disasterpiece'' is like a tribute to the Rolling Stones, and ''Just A Little'' has a little country style. There is something for everyone on this record. If you are thinking about buying it, you definitely should because it is worth the price and more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its the best i love SUGAR RAY!ahhhh!Answer the phone is the best song to me on the album so i think that all the songs are great so get up get up (#9) buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big Johnson, once you are perfect in this world you can go around harassing those under you. He missed one key, give the guy a break.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album follows in the footsteps of past Sugar Ray albums, and is terrific. It has many different styles of music in it, and it is all extremely addictive and you'll love it! Check out the band's site at http://www.sugarray.com for everything concerning the band and this new album. And add this album to your collection as soon as possible!!!