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4.7 out of 5 stars
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on 14 January 2015
A clean cutting edge CD which I enjoyed immensly
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on 16 February 2004
The first time I listened to “Sugar” was a real thrill because I thought I had found myself another Vertical Horizon – similar sound and feel, clever and meaningful lyrics, powerful and competent playing. But that comparison really isn’t fair. It isn’t fair at all. Listen to the album again and you realize they don’t sound like anyone else. There’s this subtle Celtic feel running through almost every track, married to the most sublime, soaring electric guitars. It’s like the rough kid from the wrong side of town marrying the little-rich-girl and somehow looking like they were born to be together. Probably because they were!
All of the tracks on the album can stand on their own two feet. Most of them are about relationships and love; some of it unrequited; some of it unbelievable. The first two tracks, “Future Says Run” and “You Wanted More” grab your interest straight away, but it’s track three, “Knock Down Walls”, that really hooks you. It’s a lyrical two-finger gesture; it’s the turning of the proverbial worm; it’s driving in your car, sneering and sniggering at pedestrians without feeling regret, remorse or any need to explain. Or maybe that’s just me.
“Mean to Me” is melancholy with just a little anger thrown in to complete the picture of self-pity.
The title track, “Sugar”, is perfect: “Come on Baby, get your shoes on, you’re looking like you need a rescue…”. It’s sweet without being sickly (try organic demerara if you don’t know what I mean). It’s jingly-jangly meets fuzzbox. Turn the lights down, the volume up, think of someone you almost had or almost lost and submerge yourself in it.
“Jump Jimmy (Stronger Than Mine)” has fantastic fuzzy clashing guitars and a real positive message. “Queen” is a slower song, clever, but slightly disturbing. “Waiting for the Light to Change” is a moving ballad, all about being at peace with yourself. “Sunflower” takes me back, but I just can’t figure out where to!
“Drag Me Down” should perhaps be called “drag you along” because that is what the song does. It grabs you by the ears and marches you away until it finally throws you up against a wall without any explanation. And it doesn’t say “sorry” either. “Love a Diamond” is slow, lamenting, haunting and beautiful.
Verdict: Not always the first CD I grab from the shelf, but there is never a time it is the wrong choice.
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on 2 January 2002
One of the best CD's in my collection. Tonic provide within the album a mixture of rock numbers such as "Knock Down Walls" and "Drag Me Down" to more soulful ballads such as "Waltz With Me" and "Waiting For The Light To Change". The transition between the songs is quite excellently put together which completes an album from a band that's relatively un-known to the UK shores but one which I am proud to own.
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on 9 October 2003
This is simply great! Consistant and packed with superb songs. And here's a shock.... these guys can actually play! Think big choruses and power chords and you've got it. I discovered this album a couple of years ago and it's rarely off my player, which is always the test of a good album. It's a baffling mystery why this band are'nt huge!
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on 3 September 2000
These guy's know how to write song's. The tunes flow like liquid with harmonies like no other and music that screams out with sublty and beauty. Well crafted rock. 70's rock for the 21st century. Packed with setiment and emotion.
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