- Vinyl (30 July 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Merge
- ASIN: B0084ZIWLW
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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File Under: Easy Listening [VINYL] Import
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File Under Easy Listening (shortened to FUEL at the time and since) isn't as good as those albums. At times when listening again its hard to pinpoint exactly why. Gift starts off proceedings in fine style with a track that could have been on Copper Blue (Bob Mould still plays it live). Its a tour de force of guitar and grunge. Company Book isn't quite the dirge it could be and is David Barbe on vocals. On the remaster it somehow comes out better than I remember it. Your Favourite Thing is the first single and it rocked along nicely enough with great melodies and sounded almost power pop (ok not just almost). The next two tracks, What You Want It To Be - guitar driven pop again but never hitting the heights really and Gee Angel - a single and a good track at that round off side one. Yes side one...you read that right because this was definitely of the era (and read the liner notes and Bob's book for more details) where LP's were still about and bands split their albums into sides. Side One of this is a solid offering. Side two feels different. - confirmed by the liner notes. This was mainly acoustically led tracks like Panama City Motel, Believe What You Are Saying and Can't Help You Anymore. They feel almost lightweight and throwaway (with one huge exception which I will come to shortly).Read more ›
It opens brilliantly with "Gift", a "Copper Blue"-esque track complete with guitars that would have sounded at home on "Beaster", one of Sugar's best songs in my opinion. This is followed by "Company Book", written and sung by David Barbe (Sugar's bass player) and although his voice is weaker than Mould's it is an enjoyable if slight song. The album's first single, "Your Favourite Thing", comes next, similar in sound to "Copper Blue"'s "If I Can't Change Your Mind", and it sounds as good as it always did. I've always liked "What You Want It To Be", a song that to my ears sounds a little like Bowie's "Heroes", and the final track on the first half of the record, "Gee Angel" is an enjoyable fast rock track, hewn from the same stuff as "Fortune Teller". The second half is quieter on the whole but still sounds great, and personally I love "Panama City Hotel", "Can't Help You Anymore" and the phenomenal "Explode And Make Up", the only weak(ish) tracks being the almost ballad-like "Believe What You're Saying" and the potential filler of "Granny Cool". When I first heard the album when it was originally released I thought the second half was almost acoustic, even country & western sounding, but it is more electric than I remembered, and when I played the remastered version I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It has aged well.
The rest of the package consists of a CD and a DVD.Read more ›
"File Under Easy Listening" or F.U.E.L as fans know it, was secretly turning into a nightmare for Mould. The Album was re-recorded from scratch after an aborted false start and tension btween Mould and bassist Dave Barbe had began to surfice like the ghost of (certain) bands past. Subsquently the resulting finished album released in September 1994 is a mixed bag to say the least.
Listening to the album now I can't help feeling the record is a missed opportunity. Its not that bad, but too many of the songs seem uninspired and lack the invention and spark of "Copper Blue" or "Beaster". It does have its worthwhile moments, "Favorite thing" and "Gee Angel" capture Sugar's familiar driving pop sound and "Believe In What Your Saying" is a nice acoustic ballad, but often this album really plods; "Granny Cool" and "Panama City Motel" are forgettable and dull. Barbe's sole contribution "Company Book" is also surprisingly average, especially as previous B-Side "Diamonds are Halos" showed what he was really capable of. Mould's lifeless production on this record also hold it back.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you listen to this album objectively in 2012 it becomes clear that this is Sugar's best album. I really like this album. This will come back into fashion. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2012 by spatchka (no need)
Sugar was a band suggested to me by a pal much more into music than I - and I'm grateful he did. Apart from the fact I'd never heard of them (not very Radio 2 or TOTP) and it's a... Read morePublished on 13 April 2006 by The Kinniburgh Kid
Breaks into Gift. I played this Album to Death in 1994. An excellent follow up to the smash album "Copper Blue" 1992. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2002