I know what everyone's thinking, "Sugar Ray, metal?". While the band is really only known for their hit song "Fly" and the pop-rock albums that followed, Sugar Ray's first two albums display some damn catchy funky nu-metal along with some musical styles you may not expect from a 90's nu-metal band.
What you get here is an eclectic mix of metal, funk, rap, punk, lounge, and even RnB. Songs like "Rhyme Stealer" and "10 Seconds Down" are in a rap metal style, sounding like a metal-ized Beastie Boys. "Big Black Woman" and "Mean Machine" provide the punk end, while "Hold Your Eyes" and the comically titled "Danzig Needs a Hug" are the oddballs being in the lounge/RnB sound.
Due to this eclectic mix, there are some ideas that work and some that don't. "Hold Your Eyes" is surprisingly one of the best songs on the album with an infectiously catchy hand-clapping beat and a bluesy slap bass. Along with the aforementioned track, the previously mentioned rap metal songs are pretty damn great. I'm sure Beastie Boys fans like me will get some enjoyment out of those. "Mean Machine" is a highlight as well, immediately getting you pumped with it's driving opening riff.
However, there are some disappointments here unfortunately. "Drive By" could have been one of the best on the album with it's dark and dirty opening bass line, but is ruined by annoying pointless speech that takes up most of the track. Despite "Hold Your Eyes" being a great track, "Danzig Needs a Hug" has less of the lounge-funk of the former and sounds more like some commercial jingle.
If you're looking for some eclectic funk metal, this is a great album. It's a bit on the inconsistent end, but the great moments easily eclipse the weak moments. Don't let the Limp Bizkit-esque album title scare you away, this is some good stuff. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!