SUGAR RAY

Non-Metal / Nu Metal / Funk Metal • United States
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Sugar Ray is an alternative rock band formed in 1986. The band started as a funk metal/nu-metal band with the release of their first two albums, but with the success of the single "Fly" from the band's second album Floored, they quickly switched to an alternative/pop rock sound on all following releases.

The band had originally chosen the name Shrinky Dinks, based on the popular toy, but ultimately had to change it to Sugar Ray upon threat of a lawsuit from the Milton Bradley Company.

The band continues to tour, however, vocalist Mark McGrath has stated that there will never be another Sugar Ray album as of 2014.

(Bio written by Unitron on November 13th, 2016.)
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SUGAR RAY Brownies and Lemonade album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Brownies and Lemonade
Funk Metal 1995
SUGAR RAY Floored album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Floored
Nu Metal 1997
SUGAR RAY 14:59 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
14:59
Non-Metal 1999
SUGAR RAY Sugar Ray album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sugar Ray
Non-Metal 2001
SUGAR RAY In the Pursuit of Leisure album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Pursuit of Leisure
Non-Metal 2003
SUGAR RAY Music for Cougars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music for Cougars
Non-Metal 2009

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SUGAR RAY The Best of Sugar Ray album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Sugar Ray
Non-Metal 2005

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SUGAR RAY Brownies and Lemonade

Album · 1995 · Funk Metal
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Unitron
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!

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Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Yup, I was just as surprised when I heard their first two albums. I only knew them previously for "Fly".
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Whaaaat? They really had a metal album?

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