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Sponge's 1994 debut album, Rotting Pinata, sold over a million copies driven by the killer singles "Plowed," "Molly" and "Rainin'." Since then, the band has garnered a fan base of impressive proportions, while fostering loyalty at rock radio and retail. For New Pop Sunday, the band reunited with the producer of their platinum debut to deliver a mix of virtuoso playing and stinging lyrics sure to take Sponge to the next level. 1st single: "Live Here Without You."
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On this one, they truly hit the mark. People who gave up on them should come back into the fold and listen to this great record.
Any fan of Matchbox 20, Fuel, Dig, Blink 182, or Eve 6 MUST pick this up - you are really missing out if you do not.
I am angry that it took me so long to know this was out there and to buy it.
In my opinion, they should have gone with a different album cover, and the album title is unfortunately misunderstood. It is not about selling out and making bubble gum pop.
It is actually about being a new Dad - on a Sunday!! The lyrics to that song let you in on the mysterious title.
The only other thing I would say that could have improved this record is to put the first song at the end of the disc instead, as a bonus track. It is the one I like the least, and starting off with "1000 times" or "Radio Prayer Line" would have been much stronger in my humble opinion. But anyway, the musicianship is top notch and so are the tunes. Pick it up immediately and enjoy. Long live Sponge! You will be appreciated at some point--and you already are by a good number of fans.
This is Sponge, baby--first of all! Now that I got that out of the way, let me explain why I love both the band and the album. One, they know how and when to use guitar solos (open to 'when youre on fire baby roll' and 'pollyanna' as well as from their first album the two awesome solos in 'plowed' from their second album the intro and music throughout 'wax ecstatic')
Second, boy can that guy Vinnie Dombrowski sing his you-know-what out, dang! Not to mention his stage presence, which I'm sure you could care less about when cd hunting. Also, this album features the talented Joey Mazzola on guitar, the bands origional and fantastic-at-that lead guitarist.
Furthermore, just give in to the obvious: this band is frickin' sweet! I listen to a ton of music and I love Grunge and it's similars. But comparable or "better" bands such as Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots just don't get their acts together. This is what they do--they fool around/screw around and make incomplete nothing records that rely on the radio/marketing to fuel the success of a piece of overall garbage. Sponge, however, doesn't even like a lot of the biz and they sure don't like how things go down--the luck involved and the absence for the need of good musicianship/complete songs and albums. Bottom line, THIS IS A BAND THAT DOES THEIR HOMEWORK AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH THIS CD. It is complete and thorough and it is a slighty popish-sounding grunge album from one of today's elite gothic grunge rock talents. If you love this you will love Oleander's Unwind album.
... At this point, I have no idea.
The production of New Pop Sunday is smooth sounding... beautiful and clear, supporting the album's almost light-hearted boy/girlfriend nature. This is especially so for several of the tracks, including "Live Here Without You" and "1,000 Times", two gorgeous pop/rock treasures that should've been radio hits, but weren't given the support they deserved, for one reason or another. Elsewhere, "My Lackluster Love" pulls the listener straight in from the catchy, subtle "La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la la la la...", "Planet Girls" serves as a hilarious yet touching tribute to girl-chasing, "Disconnected" is as fun (if not more so) as it is random, and "Lucky" ends the album in a soothing, "Velveteen" (Wax Ecstatic's closer) like way.
"It's a rich man's war, but it's a poor man's fight". Sponge may never be pushing the platinums, but they'll forever remain as one of America, if not the world's, finest flat out rock bands. Perhaps someday many others will be enlightened and informed of Sponge... if so, that will truly be a (pardon me, I can't help it) New Pop Sunday.