SUGAR – File Under: Easy Listening

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"Sugar’s second (and sadly its final) album of new material closes with “Explode and Make Up.” In retrospect, the tune – again sporting a melancholy air – can be seen as a preview of one of the musical directions Bob Mould would pursue in his subsequent solo work. Here, the jangling guitars are mixed nicely with a roaring distorted guitar; Travis’ sympathetic drumming – with a tambourine feel – backs up the guitars nicely, and the song features a proper and extended guitar solo, something that only rarely appeared on Sugar LPs. The song dissolves in an echoey tunnel of sound.

Mould broke the band up in 1996. Travis went on to play with a number of other bands. While Barbe remained active as a musician, he’s most well known for his work as Drive-By Truckers’ producer. Bob Mould’s solo debut, Workbook would be released in 1989."

- Bill Kopp,

Gift 4:14
Company Book 3:45
Your Favorite Thing 3:51
What You Want It To Be 4:13
Gee Angel 3:56
Panama City Motel 4:07
Can't Help You Anymore 3:29
Granny Cool 3:33
Believe What You're Saying 3:56
Explode And Make Up 4:54