Dead Confederate - Sugar
Should you be in the mood for a spot of 90s retro grunge then you could do worse than check out the latest album from Georgia rockers Dead Confederate. It is so retro that you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in fact listening to the Smashing Pumpkins follow up to Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness . The gloomy psychedelia of ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Father Figure’ set the downbeat tone that is the pattern for the rest of the album which reaches its peak on the darkly brilliant and fuzzed up anthem ‘Quiet Kid’ - a song Billy Corgan would have been proud to have written - and therein lies the problem with Sugar. Much maligned though he may be, you know that Corgan would have added some much needed light to the intensely gloomy feel of this album. Only lead off single ‘Giving It All Away’, with its summery feel, gives any respite and that is probably, in part, due to the presence and experience of another grunge legend J. Mascis. Sugar is a decent enough effort and, although a step up from their debut, the almost unrelenting misery becomes tiresome long before ‘Shocked to Realize’ closes the album in predictably depressing style.