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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.
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
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I like it a lot! This particular effort fits in perfectly between my copy of "Core" by STP and "Dirt" by Alice In Chains. If you like those two albums, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. It is not exactly like those records, but it is in a similar vein as far as attitude, lyrics, and all around heaviness. Fans of those albums will really discover a hidden gem here.
Can safely say now that I like every Sponge disc. These guys are so talented, and I sure hope they keep making music.
Thanks Vin and co., keep up the good work!
I will say the new band members are horrible. The only compliments I can make on this cd are about Vins voice, and Billy's drumming in spots. For those who don't know, Vin wrote the whole song "for all the drugs..." so that explains why it is so good.
This is a much heavier sounding sponge reminding me at times of Alice in Chains. They also are trying to fit into the new modern genre of nickelback and creed on a few songs, which I don't really care for.
The opening song takes a few listens but it okay...I really dig the song "Glue" as well. There is a particular song on here (back against the wall) that sounds like they didn't even try to make a song. It's awful. It sounds kind of liek they recorded a band practice of them just jamming along, and decided to keep it as a record track. It's not even b-side material, because Sponge's old b side stuff is amazing. I blame most of this on the fact that non-oringinal members are blocking old sounds. I so badly miss Mike and Joey playing their signature guitar sounds, over Tim's backing bassline and Jimmy/Charlies creative drumming. Joey Mazzola is much needed back for his writing process! He is a phenomenal guitarist.
Most Sponge fans are going to enjoy Vin's voice as I stated earlier, but don't expect to love this cd. If someone actually loves this cd, I would expect that they weren't born too many Sponges ago!
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