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Lemonade & Brownies
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock, Metal
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Erick C. (Erick) from TULSA, OK
Reviewed on 10/27/2006...
This is before the band became pop. A nice mix of rap and rock.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
People, this cd is insane!
Big J Moreno | Naples, FL | 12/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've actually known about their "black sheep" album, L&B for awhile now but was never really too motivated to check it out
until recently. The catalyst for me buying it was mainly hearing other people say, "they used to be a metal band" and being the diehard metalhead I am it intrigued me enough to actually interrupt my metal cd purshasing bonanza to buy this.
The results? Well I was pretty damn pleased! Especially with the song Mean Machine which is indeed the highlight of this funky off-beat album with it's amusing lyrics and catchy music. Mark McGrath sounds awesome on this album, he yells, speaks in funny voices it's awesome, he really mixes it up here. THEY EVEN CURSE! I know cursing hasn't been a big deal since middle school but when Sugar Ray does it then it is. I mean imagine if you found out N'Stink and the like starting cursing and going crazy, it would be a tad shocking don't you think? What's also cool about this album is that it seems to blend some funk, rap, hard rock, and a little bit of humor. Yes, it even has a skit... but don't worry it's not like the asinine skits that take up half of modern rap cds disc space (they're bad enough with the music alone) but a damn good one with music in the background to boot! I won't ruin it by telling ya what it is, buy the cd and find out yourself!
I have to be honest that I've always liked Sugar Ray, yes even their soft stuff. That's probably especially shocking to my fellow metalheads out there (keep in mind that's coming from a guy who listens to Slayer, Pantera, etc most of the time) but it's true. What can I say, it's a guilty pleasure of mine. Now I will do what others have done, show my friends the craziness that is old school Sugar Ray! By the way, yes I recommend this to basically everyone, I mean everyone at least likes some rock right? Anyone who doesn't like any rock is obviously inhuman and doesn't matter.
Jay McGrath | New York, New York | 07/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you've ever been to a Sugar Ray show (circa 1997-2001) you might have noticed that the crowd seems dumbfounded when songs from their debut album "Leomanade and Brownies" hit the amplifiers. Songs like "Mean Machine" and "Iron Mic" are so different from Sugar Ray's top 40 hits that it's amazing that they came from the same band. That's what makes this album so great. Produced by DJ Lethal (then of House of Pain, now of Limp Bizkit) and McG (then just a friend of Mark McGrath, now a big time director of Hollywood films such as Charlie's Angels) "Lemonade and Brownies" is raw and loud and will make you do a double take when you learn that it's Sugar Ray. DJ Lethal himself makes apperances on such amazing tracks as "Rhyme Stealer" and "10 Seconds Down", but the band also showed glympses that they could write material like "When It's Over" with material like "Hold Your Eyes" and "Dance Party USA". "L&B" essentially flopped when it was released, due to a lack of a marketing push and support, but don't let that fool you it's a great album! When "Fly" became Sugar Ray's break out hit a few years later, Mark McGrath originally threatened to quit the band because he wanted to stay true to the harder sounds of "L&B", but as an earlier reviewer put it...the rest of Sugar Ray convinced Mark that writing poppy material and touring before thousands is better than "keeping it real" and "flipping burgers for a living". Whatever the case, "Lemonade and Brownies" is for anyone looking for harder sounding Sugar Ray material that sounds like the song "RPM" from "Floored"."