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Okay, But A Slide From Rock To Pop
on September 2, 2000
If you liked Tonic's debut album "Lemon Parade", you may find "Sugar" too sweet for your tastes. As with a lot of rock bands, such as the Replacements and Everclear, it seems the progression of time takes Tonic further away from its rock beginnings.
Don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable album, especially if you like hook-laden classic rock pop (and I do). But there is nothing here with the guts of "Wicked Soldier" or "Casual Affair." In fact, the hardest song on the album is the hit "You Wanted More", which is hardly rockin'.
As much as I find the album pleasant, I was looking for something harder and more ambitious considering Tonic's excellent debut. The band's next album will let us all know whether they really can rock or if they've taken the definitive turn up popsong boulevard.