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Sugarcult - Lights Out Review

by Matthew Hastie

Sugarcult is one of those bands that are unfortunately going to get lumped into music categories like emo or screamo. Tags like this tend to make it hard for bands to get heard or respected. Lots of people would knock bands like Sugarcult and Hawthorne Heights, without ever listening to a good deal of their work. I've listened to both of Sugarcult's last albums and while they are a good collection of songs, they're short of anything revolutionary.

With their third release, Lights Out, Sugarcult puts their tried and true method to work and again creates another mediocre piece. As I listen to every song on the CD, I feel a sense of déjà vu. This sounds exactly like many other CDs released over the last few years. While it isn't bad, it is hard to find good things to say about an album that sounds exactly like its predecessors. The current single "Do It Alone" is a decent enough song. It sounds a little like Switchfoot and Blink 182, at least the latter career of Blink.

Tracks like "Los Angeles", "Out of Phase" and "Explode" are the "angsty" tracks of the CD, but they lack any bite. The guitars sound utterly weak in every song, as well as the lyrics. Back in the 90's, when Nu-Metal ruled the world, saying works like f*** meant you were super angry. Now-a-days it doesn't mean anything and it just feels like empty lyrical filler. A good writer wouldn't need to swear to get the point off of how much they hate or are irritated by something.

The 80's sounding "Made a Mistake" has some potential, and sounds a bit like a bastardized version of The Killers. All in all, it's a decent album, and it is definitely average. That doesn't mean it's bad, but it's kind of like the store brands of major products. Is Lights Out Pepsi? No, but it is Sam's Choice, or whatever other store brand you can name. Maybe with their next release, Sugarcult will try something different. But if they are releasing similar CDs, maybe they are scared of change.

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