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After a five year hiatus, Sugar Ray is back and better than ever. The Southern California-based band makes its long awaited return with “MUSIC FOR COUGARS,” an exuberant reiteration of the band’s signature sound, with particular focus on songcraft and sonic invention. As ever, musical styles –from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop – are mixed and matched, ... Read more in Amazon's Sugar Ray Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lava Records
  • Run Time: 41 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008OWZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In The Pursuit of Leisure (U.S. Version) by Sugar Ray

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While Sugar Ray have reunited with longtime producer David Kahne, after their brief romance with Don Gilmore on 2001's self-titled album, they haven't returned to their party-on roots. Kahne has added some sophisticated flourishes to their sound, which seems to weigh them down. The cinematic string intro on "Chasing You Around," is a little top heavy. The strings on "Can't Start," a simple breezy gem about lost love, are equally incongruent. While the dense soundscape Kahne creates for the "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" makes sense, adding a hip-hop back beat, jazzy piano, and background chatter gives the tune the same anthemic quality as Pink's "Get This Party Started." Mark McGrath singing seems a little too tame for the crazy mix. McGrath does a not- perfect rendition of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out with Him," and doesn't change a thing, which is unusual for the singer, who usually doesn't like to play it that safe. These bawdy Peter Pans of rock are more appealing when they summon their innate raunchy power, instead of coming off like a 2003 version of the Beach Boys with the sand washed off. --Jaan Uhelszki

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When you listen to this album, I guarantee that you will become one.
Katherine Becker
It's actually pretty good as they just wanted to release an album for the fun of it, or at least that's what it sounds like.
Daniel Hayes
Sugar Ray also decided to cover a Joe Jackson song called Is She Really Going Out With Him.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vera Leopold on June 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On In The Pursuit of Leisure, Sugar Ray is at their most mellow. Reminiscent of their earlier radio hits "Fly" and "Someday," the overall sound of the CD is that smooth, breezy, island style that makes for the best chilling music. With gorgeous guitar strumming and Mark McGrath's honeyed vocals, songs such as the appropriately-titled track "Heaven" generate images of so-Cal beaches, starry nights, and frosty drinks. The lyrics aren't just pure confection either; they derive from personal experience on "Chasin' You Around" and the touching "Photograph of You."
In keeping with the variety we've come to expect from Sugar Ray, In The Pursuit of Leisure offers something for almost everyone. Those who love the usual high energy of this band will be gratified by the single, "Mr Bartender (It's So Easy)." With its catchy tune and irresistible dance beat, it challenges anyone NOT to get up and move! Also, fans nostalgic for Sugar Ray's headbanging past get a treat with "In Through The Doggie Door," a howlingly good little rock number. The CD is rounded out with the unique guest stylings of Shaggy on "56 Hope Rd" and a tight, fun cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" For groovin' on those balmy summer nights, cruising with all the windows down, and relaxing in the sun, this is the perfect album to accompany you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn L. Nelson on June 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this album since it's release and I can definitely say that this album can tap into your mood and imagination. This album can take the stress right out of a bad day if you let it. It can take you from partying on the river with songs like "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" and "Chasin' You Around"; to the carribean beaches with "56 Hope Road" and "Whatever We Are"; to relaxing by the pool with "Heaven" and "She's Different". All you need is the mood and an imagination. I enjoy listening to this new album because of where it can take me. Try it and see where Sugar Ray can take you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Hunter on June 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, not this time guys!
Two years after the release of Sugar Ray's self-titled album featuring the hit single "When It's Over", this So Cal quintet has reunited with David Kahne, who produced 1997's "Floored" and 1999's "14:59" and the result was the June 3rd release of their fifth album "In The Pursuit Of Leisure". The bands first single Mr. Bartender borrows respectively from Sweet's 'Love Is Like Oxygen' and Midnight Star's 'No Parking (On the Dance Floor)'. Blend a little Sugar Ray flavor into that and add a collaboration with upcoming artist ProHoeZak and you have a very catchy, upbeat song sure to be a hit.
"In The Pursuit Of Leisure" combines '80s inspired melodies, island rhythms, and hip-hop into their usual pop-rock uniqueness. Sugar Ray displays a level of maturity with this new album far from any other in their entire music career. Although more mellow overall, you will still find a hint of wild immature rock star in a few songs included on this album...namely a track called "In Through The Doggie Door".
Other songs included on this 12 track album are "56 Hope Road" named for Bob Marley's old address in Jamaica which features Jamaica's 'Shaggy', "Heaven" featuring Canada's 'Esthero', "Chasing You Around" with the chorus written by guitarist Rodney Sheppard about his son, a cover of Joe Jackson's 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?", and much more.
For it's merging of genres, upbeat fun sounds, and lyrical maturity, I give Sugar Ray's "In The Pursuit Of Leisure" 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Kelleher on June 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sugar Ray's "In the Pursuit of Leisure" is their best CD yet. ITPOL shows this bands true musical talent and how they matured together from their "alternative" days but still holding on to their rockin Californian style. The CD opens with "Chasin You Around" (my favorite) has a beat that immediately gets you moving in your seat and just puts you in a good mood! Next, the remake of "Is She Really Going Out With Him" an old Joe Jackson hit is superb to say the least. Mark McGrath's voice stronger than its ever been you can hear in this song. His well known raspy tone heard here. Done with perfection with an added touch to spice up it up. Third song, "Heaven" light and airy makes you feel like your in heaven gives you that butterfly feeling in your stomach. Fourth, Bring me the Head of....(shows you just how much fun these guys have and is before) "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" a great dance song thats so cheerful keeps it in your head all day! Six, "Can't Start" has a nice summery beat, tells a story about guy/girl perfect for listening in the car while your cruising along. Seven, "Photograph of You" written for memories of anyone who has a deceased family member/friend etc. but not a sad song it shows they are safe where they are. Eight, "56 Hope Road" (another favorite) has an island sound with great beat and added extras and is a must listen to. Nine, "Whatever We Are", another island type beat, great song overall, says it just like it is keeps you boppin to the rhythm while putting out a special message to that "certain someone." Ten, "She's Different" tells a story. Another perfect summer song. Eleven, "In Through the Doggie Door" I absolutely love. Brings back Sugar Ray's original rockin sound with an exta bite. Lastly, Twelve - "Blues from A Gun" has a soft sound with a calming effect for the last song of the CD shows how Sugar Ray has musically mastered their sound for this great CD! Get your copy today you will not be disappointed.
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