I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sugar - Sweetest [2008.03.05]

Unexpected. First track was a bit more on the atmospheric side of things. Cool. There's a huge amount of jazz influence, almost to the point that I want to call this J-Jazz instead of J-Rock. It's catchy stuff and has some pretty unique sections within each song. Certainly a pleasant surprise. There's not a poor song on the album. Sparks of creativity and experimentation are strewn throughout the album. Vocals are pretty good, not stellar, but not bad either. Admittedly, I'm kind of annoyed that a band that looks as gothic as Sugar do is so non-goth… this is certainly a frustrating part of the J-music scene.

Rating: 7.5


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