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The Man

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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With career sales of over 2 million albums and several hit songs under their belt, Sponge have proven to be one of the heaviest hitting and most consistent rock bands to come out of the fertile and world renowned Detroit music scene. The Man is Sponge s second Idol Records release and fifth album overall. The album features the band s best songwriting yet, with several strong singles that feature the unmistakable vocals of charismatic front man Vin Dombroski. The song 'Higher (part 2)' was co-written by, and features Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) on guitar. Idol Records. 2005.

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The Man finds Sponge closer to the Stooges-MC5-Motor City garage rock on which it first built it's reputation. In fact, The Man is a little heavier, if that's possible, than anything Iggy and cohorts were ever up to. Considering that Sponge do hail from Detroit, it is perhaps no surprise that it has decided to stay faithful to it's roots and takes it's place in the upper echelons of the current garage rock scene. --Amplifier Magazine

Sponge had the privelidge of becoming a houshold name with their first 2 albums. With The Man these Detroit rockers stick to their tried and true formula, and do it well. Sponge proves they can still write relevant dark rock tracks, including "Glue", "Unlucky", "The Man", and "Higher (part 2)" which features a guitar contribution by Gilby Clarke (ex Guns & Roses). --Outburn Magazine

Being Sponge s fifth full-length release, The Man emotes a distinct air of progression into a darker, more severe realm where life is seen as a brittle, crumbling mountain on the verge of avalanching into a rubble heap of hard knocks, inner tumult, extreme bitterness, and futile desperation. Led by an incessant barrage of introspective and caustically biting lyrics, the overall musical content is heavier, meatier, and more corrosive than past Sponge offerings with several of these songs raucously straying into the angry, buzzing, Grunge side of Rock n Roll. But there is still an endearingly radiant abundance of the vibrantly stellar Glam/Alt-Rock melodies that have made Sponge a favorite mainstay on the national FM dial the past few years. The Man , Higher (Part 1), Feels Like Love , Higher (Part 2) (featuring Gilby Clarke of Guns & Roses), and Shittier Day Than Me (my personal fave) are especially sweet and flavorful, enthusiastically screaming out for public consumption on a mass scale. After an entire afternoon of The Man, I m left awestruck and wondering if there s any end to the sheer brilliance and undeniable talent behind the Sponge music-making machine. --Under The Volcano

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Man
  2. Higher (part 1)
  3. Fame and Glory
  4. Glue
  5. Back Against the Wall
  6. Unlucky
  7. Feels Like Love
  8. Higher (part 2) featuring Gilby Clarke
  9. Shittier Day Than Me
  10. For all the Drugs in the World


Product details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IDOL RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000AMU134
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,891 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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