Volume 96, Issue 12
Wednesday September 18, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Sugarcult
This Sugar is so bitter!

Sugarcult
Start Static
Artemis

Rundown: In the MTV society we live in, it's really easy to get sucked in by things that look good. Start Static, the recent release from Sugarcult looks damn good. The photography and graphic design on the CD booklet is smashing and the ample amount of band photos are actually welcome for once, because the band is hot. Unfortunately, the majority of the band's time and energy must have been spent on these aesthetic details because, simply put, the music on this CD sucks. Generic lite-punk melodies are coupled with painfully simplistic lyrics about girls and mundane life events. Ouch.

Key tracks: Oh, where to begin? Tracks to avoid on this disc include a lame attempt at an anthem called "Stuck in America," the sickeningly formulaic first single "Bouncing Off The Walls" and "Pretty Girl (The Way)," a contender for the title of Worst Love Song Ever Written. These accusations may sound harsh, but with derivative, assembly line-produced bands multiplying by the day, there is really no excuse for adding to this pile of trash. Sugercult's grade school rhyming schemes such as "she kisses everyone goodbye/ and waves her middle finger high" (in "Saying Goodbye") will definitely make the listener wince.

Sounds like: Honestly, this sounds like little more than the most basic, watered-down version of Blink 182. But, at least the guys in Blink have an excuse: they're young and immature punks who just want to have fun. The guys in Sugarcult, on the other hand, are a few years older than Blink, but apparently none the wiser. It is unclear what they are trying to achieve with their music, but they clearly fail to entertain, educate or excite the listener. Stay away from this one, kids.

–Maggie Wrobel

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