In the Pursuit of Leisure Image
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  • Summary: This lengthily-titled album marks a reunion for the band with producer David Kahne. Included here is a cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"
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  1. [A] measured and thoughtful set of intelligent pop tunes. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  2. 75
    The self-deprecation still rings hollow, but the hooks never do. [Jul 2003, p.110]
  3. At least they sound like they're still having a good time.
  4. 60
    McGrath sounds both sexier and more gentle, sensitive and more irresponsible. [#17, p.143]
  5. There just is a real feel of lightweights here--be it in the band's often balls-less bottom end (a real problem with so many rock bands these days) or just in the overall music itself.
  6. Extremely infectious, thick with irony and inexplicably goofy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. EmieO
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    I'll say this right now: THIS IS NOT A HARD ROCK ALBUM. There. Now all the usual Sugar Ray haters can leave...maybe they can go in the corner, and continue lamenting about how Sugar Ray's style has changed since their first album Lemonade and Brownines. Now, for the rest of us who are a bit more open-minded, I have this to say to you: if you like pleasant music, then give this album a listen. It has some a little bit of something for everyone, from an 80's remake to a hip-hop collaboration to a country-esque tearjerker to a hard garage-rock banger to a dance club anthem to a gooey love song to a typical Sugar Ray "Someday"-type tune... If nothing else, this current Sugar Ray effort is diverse... And, it definitely has is share of potential favorties such as the lovely "Chasin You Around", the lofty "Heaven", or the excitable "Mr. Bartender"... I recommend this album. It's not for everyone...true... But, if you give it an honest effort, listen to it a few times...chances are that something will start to grow on you. Just abandon whatever predispositions you hold toward Sugar ray, and let it grow... Expand
  2. EmieO
    Nov 19, 2003
    10
    I'll say this right now: THIS IS NOT A HARD ROCK ALBUM. There. Now all the usual Sugar Ray haters can leave...maybe they can go in the corner, and continue lamenting about how Sugar Ray's style has changed since their first album Lemonade and Brownines. Now, for the rest of us who are a bit more open-minded, I have this to say to you: if you like pleasant music, then give this album a listen. It has some a little bit of something for everyone, from an 80's remake to a hip-hop collaboration to a country-esque tearjerker to a hard garage-rock banger to a dance club anthem to a gooey love song to a typical Sugar Ray "Someday"-type tune... If nothing else, this current Sugar Ray effort is diverse... And, it definitely has is share of potential favorties such as the lovely "Chasin You Around", the lofty "Heaven", or the excitable "Mr. Bartender"... I recommend this album. It's not for everyone...true... But, if you give it an honest effort, listen to it a few times...chances are that something will start to grow on you. Just abandon whatever predispositions you hold toward Sugar ray, and let it grow... Collapse
  3. CindyM
    Jun 8, 2003
    9
    Obviously the guys add a dimension of humor or irony to whatever they do and it is present on the new album--they may be getting a bit mellow, but it's an evolution of sorts and it suits them, and me , to a "T". Play on, boys!! Expand

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