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Winter storms are punishingly cold and uncomfortable, but are an important source of water for spring growth. Likewise for Dead Confederate, the series of New Jersey blizzards that besieged the recording of sophomore album Sugar (a reference to the record snowfall) also heralded growth from the darker, somber realm of their critically acclaimed Wrecking Ball. With an evolving approach and ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Confederate Store

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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B003UI507M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Dark
2. Run From the Gun (w/Ben Wigler)
3. Father Figure
4. Quiet Kid
5. By Design
6. Mob Scene
7. Semi-Thought
8. Giving It All Away (w/ J Mascis)
9. Sugar
10. Shocked to Realize

Editorial Reviews

Winter storms are punishingly cold and uncomfortable, but are an
important source of water for spring growth. Likewise for Dead
Confederate, the series of New Jersey blizzards that besieged the
recording of sophomore album Sugar (a reference to the record
snowfall) also heralded growth from the darker, somber realm of their
critically acclaimed Wrecking Ball. With an evolving approach and
focused, streamlined sound, and a guest appearance from Dinosaur
Jr. frontman J Mascis, Sugar explores new styles beyond the aching,
bleak psychadelia of the debut.

Coming off of the success of The Rat from Wrecking Ball, which
received strong airplay at major alternative stations (Seattle, San
Diego, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, more), as well as a
network television debut under their belt, Dead Confederate return
with Sugar. With countless tours across the world with the likes of
Dinosaur Jr., The Whigs, Manchester Orchestra, Meat Puppets and
more, the band is ready for their first true album to reach the
masses at the end of the summer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LTPP1998 on October 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Is anybody listening? These guys are part of a much needed Indy rock revival that hasn't been heard from since the mid ninties. (See also Alberta Cross) They took a bit of a stylistic chance with this album by shortening up the songs considerably in comparision to their Psyche rock classic Wrecking Ball album. Fortunately they pulled it off surprisingly well. Jason Scarboro reigns as one of the most interesting drummers on the planet and he refuses to just provide a back beat on this album as well. Specifically his use of the snare drum helps to propel this collection of songs along quite nicely. John Watkins takes obvious pride in creating keyboard parts that give songs like Semi-Thought considerable depth. (Is that a Hammond or Fender Rhodes piano I hear in the mix?) Oh yeah, and the guitars. Brantley Senn who plays bass, penned one half of the songs including the impressive Quiet Kid. A tune which evolves from an up tempo sonic thrasher into a slow burning thought provoker. Another Senn song is the muted string Mob Scene which to date would have to be clasiified as the bands hardest rocking tune. Think of a revved up Gang of Four crossing over into serious hard rock territory. Song writer, guitarist and lead vocalist Hardy Morris once again pens a fivesome of classic tunes including the beautiful By Design. This is a tune that deserves to end up on the soundtrack of the years coolest independent/nonindependent film release. He shows his greatest range as a singer on this track and it is impressive. Another standout vocally would have to be the title track. Morris' phrasing and tone on the uber cool Sugar is impressive. Finally, Walker Howle continues to be one of the most soulfull slide guitar players on the planet.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By author973 on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if i can say im an indy rock connosseur. Hell, I can probably count how many rock albums I own on my two hands. I'm more of an hip-hop/electronic guy. But I do appreciate a certain sound that I tend to look for when I take a liking to a band. And these guys, particularly on this release, have that sound.

The thing that stood out to me first was the lead singer. Im not even sure what his name is but i do know he's pretty damn good. His voice has some pain in it and you can tell that hes belting those songs out from an honest place. You know when someone is REALLY feeling their words and immerses themself in the music and he seems like the genuine article.

Once you get past how great the singer is you get to the band, which is pretty incredible as well. A lot of times, you either get a great singer or a great band, one or the other. The primary reason I don't own more rock albums is because i feel like one of those things usually suffers, but these guys hit that sweet spot where they are able to capitalize off that balance.

If I had to make a complaint I'd say i felt the mix is a little muddy. Some of the highs got a little lost on some of the songs where the distortion is revved up. However, it does seem intentional to give it that lo-fi feel and it didn't bother me. It almost makes it seem like this could have been recorded in another era.

All in all, I really appreciate what these guys are doing. Its hard and edgy at times and sincere and heartfelt at others. Oh yeah, its LOUD too, hahahahaha! I really look forward to seeing them live if i ever get a chance.

-author
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mycattang on September 27, 2010
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Love these guys. Even better live than on CD.
This one is admittedly kind of all over the place compared to their first, Wrecking Ball.
But, it grows on you like moss. The more you listen to it, the more you're gonna like it.
For me, the title track, Sugar, is rediculous. In The Dark is amazing, By Design is amazing.
The radio ready Giving It All Away is nice, and Run From The Gun is too.
But really, GO SEE THESE GUYS LIVE !!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laura pemberton on June 26, 2013
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Thank you radio----NOT. Thank you for not playing this and sharing them with everyone else to let them everyone know just how good they are.Oh well more music for me to enjoy. To put things in perspective, Dead Confederate is the whipping cream to your latte' as Katy Perry is a bad taste in your mouth you can't recover from.This group should have much more coverage than they do, so that younger people will know what good music really is versus karope crap all day on radio as if its normal.
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One star is harsh, let's start off by saying that no it's not as good as Wrecking Ball but it's not a bad album. There are songs on this album that you will listen to over and over. My personal favorite is Run from the Gun but it's worth a listen. This band is awesome live and this is more to hear when you see them. Not a must but definately not a must not either. It's your money and your decision.
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