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Go to the Sugar Altar
Kelley Deal 6000
Go to the Sugar Altar
Genres: Pop, Rock
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There's two types of identical twins in the world: those content to star in Doublemint commercials, and those who, because they find different callings and develop at different rates, must carve out separate spaces. The De...  more »


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All Artists: Kelley Deal 6000
Title: Go to the Sugar Altar
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Label: Red Ink Records
Original Release Date: 6/4/1996
Release Date: 6/4/1996
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 607396600120

There's two types of identical twins in the world: those content to star in Doublemint commercials, and those who, because they find different callings and develop at different rates, must carve out separate spaces. The Deal sisters of Akron, Ohio seem of the latter category. While Kim was helping invent modern rock in the Pixies and then the Breeders, Kelley was learning how to play guitar, taking a backseat in Kim's Breeders, then getting hooked on and busted for heroin. But the prodigal sister has returned, and with her new band The Kelley Deal 6000 she blossoms into a creative force rivalling her more accomplished family member. Her band's 1996 debut, Go to the Sugar Altar, was born out of a collaboration with musician Jesse Colin Roff while both were in a Minneapolis rehab facility. Much of the album, lyrically and musically, sounds informed by Deal's heroin experiences. Songs like the self-effacing "How About Hero" and "Canyon" are anthems to dysfunction, and Deal's brand of eccentric pop bounces between Velvets nod music and Brian Wilson at his most unbalanced. Still, Kelley gets across an easy humor and playfulness that makes Go to the Sugar Altar an even more likeable--if less solid--work than her previous recording appearance, on the Breeders' 1993 breakthrough Last Splash. When, and if, the Deal sisters ever record together again (rumors have circulated both ways), their newfound equal footing as songwriters and bandleaders should activate real Wondertwin power. And if it never happens, we'll be content to double our pleasure hearing the women soar along their separate trajectories. --Roni Sarig

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From the Crypt to the Altar
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When one completes a period of rehabilitation, a bizarre paradox is left. Either start again or continue where you left off. For Kelley Deal encountered this problem after leaving a drying out clinic in 1995. Her answer was "Go to the Sugar Altar", in which she took a third way, combining the old and the new. An interesting and innovative, if at times tiresome and irritating, approach. "Nice" is the track that stands out most, even if not the best achieved. It verges on the harmonic to the unlistenable as Deal's vocal scratches through the reverberated microphone. Nothing is quite as shocking as this track although the divesity in variety offered here can at times feel quite disorientating. The pure pop of "How About Hero", the funk of "Sugar", to the blues of the apt closer "Mr Goodnight" all show that this half of the Deal family is not totally about the late Eighties Boston rock sound which characterise her sisters projects. However the formula does exist in "Canyon", "Dammit", "Head of the Cult" and "A Hundred Tires". The best achieved song, which is not bettered by along way here, is "Trixie Delicious". Only on this track do the Kelley Deal 6000 achieve what they show promise of everywhere else. An album full of "Trixie Delicious"'s may be more repetative, but would have provided a more substantial end result."
Playful, pensive or mourning, Kelley Deal is a star in her o
jon sieruga | Redlands, CA USA | 12/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This debut for Breeder Kelley Deal's sideband is full of wicked riffs, canny writing, beautifully reedy, husky vocals, and pop-rock hooks that show a playfulness of spirit and yet don't lean completely to a commercially-driven musical side. This CD is pure 1996, in all its alt-rock glory, sounding much like The Breeders at their best. "Canyon" kicks it off with wonderful percussion, "How About Hero" is wonderfully rambunctious, and the rocking "Dammit" (soft...soft, then LOUD) is affecting and amusing at once. My favorite track is the just-under-two-minute "Tick Tock", which has a catchy, fuzzed-out bubblegum flavor wrung through distorted guitars and vocals. In other words, it's glorious."
The better Deal
jonathingy | San Francisco, CA United States | 08/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Say what you will about her chops, (and some have said quite a bit) Kelley Deal is by far, the better writer/composer of the Deal sisters. Go to the Sugar Altar, as well as Boom Boom Boom, are proof of that. More sarcastic and layered, and definitely consisting of more variety than any Breeders album, GTSA is always in my CD tray."