After 3 long years, Sugarcult are just about ready (April 13) to release their sophomore effort in the US and after all this time you may wonder how the bands sound has changed since 2001s punk-pop classic "Start Static".
There is good news on all fronts! Now it is 2004, and we all know how many Blink 182 clones have come and gone since 01 so what you will find is a lot less punk and much more power pop/nu-breed, still retaining their exceptional sense of melody that made "Start Static" such a success.
Right from the start, 3 of the strongest tracks begin the disc in rocking style. "Shes The Blade", "Crying", and lead single "Memory" are brilliant examples of modern rock and will satisy old and new Sugarcult listeners. What follows are the real changes in the bands sound. From straight up pop ala Fountains Of Wayne, Owsley, or The Rosenbergs to nu-breed rock (Szuters, Rubber/Harem Scarem style), they surely have grown, even a short venture into Love And Rockets style new-wave ("Destination Anywhere). Other strong tracks are the Foo Fighters-like balls out rocker "What You Say" and the melodic gem "Head Up".
Armed with a superb production from Gavin MacKillop and saving for a few obligatory ballads which are just ok, this sweetheart of a CD shows that the band deserves to become an even bigger player in the game of major label rock. Very highly recommended!
**To those interested in an early taste, I do recommend the Japan version which has a real nice bonus track "Blackout".