Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
These Southern California frat rockers have learned what they do best. Gone are the damaged noisefests that recall a more polished Rage Against the Machine and middle-period Stooges. Filling those spots are lighthearted di... more »
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These Southern California frat rockers have learned what they do best. Gone are the damaged noisefests that recall a more polished Rage Against the Machine and middle-period Stooges. Filling those spots are lighthearted ditties such as "Even Though" and "Falls Apart" that boast tropical guitar flourishes and almost Beatlesque harmonies. On 1997's Floored, the breeziness of "Fly" was the exception; on 14:59, it is the rule. Sugar Ray have cleaned up, sanitized, and civilized themselves, which might not be a bad thing in terms of accessibility and airplay. Some fans, however, might miss the hard-partying, screaming misanthropes of yore. And even the inclusion of old-school rapper KRS-One on "Live & Direct" doesn't make up for Sugar Ray's loss of innocence--although their shimmering cover of Steve Miller's "Abracadabra" inspires affection. Another saving grace is that they haven't lost their sense of humor, dubbing the album 14:59 as a homage to Andy Warhol's 15 fleeting minutes of fame. It would be an error, however, to conclude that Sugar Ray's hourglass is running out. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Rebecca S. from AUSTIN, TX
Reviewed on 2/12/2015...
Awesome and surprising album. I only knew Sugar Ray from their radio hits, and was amazed that the other songs on the album almost have a punk sound. I really like it, but it's almost bipolar!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Craig L. from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 5/17/2007...
0 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
John L. (Yaz) from WILMINGTON, NC
Reviewed on 2/1/2007...
Great tracks such as "Every Morning" and "Someday".
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Susan D. from WONDER LAKE, IL
Reviewed on 9/26/2006...
I enjoyed this CD
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
PLEASO READO ESO REVIEWO
Grant | Iowa, USA | 11/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, it's just, great. What can I say? Sugar Ray is a great band. I personally love their mixed and very diverse style. For example: Live & Direct (track 5) starts with this groovy guitar tune, adds a back beat and various other things, then breaks into a jazzy song. It's like rock, pop, jazz, blues, reggae, and swing all combined. Their second CD, 'Floored', suprised the heck out of everyone; their hit song was "Fly" (remember that) which was a reggae-type song, and the rest of the CD was like punk rock. Their current CD, '14:59' is not as suprising; their hit songs are "Every Morning" and "Someday" and the songs are all mixed. The CD begins with a hard rock guitar track entitled "New Direction". The mood is now set for a rock CD. But suddenly, the music turns around 180 degrees as Mark McGrath leads the band into the quiet, smooth "Every Morning". Now the correct mixed mood is set for the CD. If you are still reading this review, go buy '14:59'! If you want more reviewing, read on. Track 3, "Falls Apart", begins with a rock guitar again and then breaks into a "Fly"- type beat. Tracks 4, 7, 9, and 12 are the heavy stuff such as what is found on 'Floored'. 2, 5, 6, 8, and 10 are the jazzy "Fly"-type that some of you expect. 3 and 11 are somewhere in-between those two, and 1 and 13 are just plain wierd. To summarize this review, BUY THE CD. '14:59' is a great mix, and you'll like it no matter what music you like. Sugar Ray-- thanks for a great CD. On a personal note- I hope the band doesn't fade away as is somewhat implied by the title of this CD."
14:59 prooves Sugar Ray has more than 15 minutes of fame
Elizabeth | Damascus, Maryland | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Sugar Ray since they're hit "Fly". When 14:59 came out, I bought it the first day it was in stores. This album has some more softer tracks than Floored or Lemonade and Brownies, such as "Ode to the Lonely Hearted" (Track 8). It also combines some hip-hop on track number 5, featuring KRS-One. Mark McGrath (lead vocalist) shows that Sugar Ray is not the same as they were at the time they released Lemonade and Brownies; they don't have to scream the words, and they actually do have talent, which you can hear in his voice as he sings their big hit "Every Morning", another one of their hits "Someday" or their remake of "Abracadabra" (MUCH different and better than the original!) "Every Morning" and "Someday" have great non-screetchy background sounds, the guitars, drums, and bass complement eachother perfectly, as Mark shows his vocal range. "Abracadabra" doesn't focus as much on the instruments, but more Mark's ability to hold notes, and once again, his vocal range. 14:59 is completely worth the $, each song has its own great sound and this album has it all."