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Superdrag

Superdrag: Head Trip in Every KeyHead Trip in Every Key (1998)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: ChrisGorman2Chris Gorman
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I had really low expectations for this CD. I remembered hearing this band on the radio a couple years ago, when they had a hit with the song "sucked out". I liked that tune, but it was sort of annoying, and it sounded like the call of the one-hit wonder. Boy was I wrong. From beginning to end, thi.
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I had really low expectations for this CD. I remembered hearing this band on the radio a couple years ago, when they had a hit with the song "sucked out". I liked that tune, but it was sort of annoying, and it sounded like the call of the one-hit wonder. Boy was I wrong. From beginning to end, this is a strong, enjoyable CD, perfect for long drives or as background noise while doing homework.

I would describe this bands sound as punk-pop/alt-rock. It's not your typical Queers and Screeching Weasel pop punk, nor is it mainstream "punk" like Blink-182 or SR-71. Superdrag draws a lot from indie rock, 80's punk like Husker Du and the Replacements, among other influences. They use all sorts of interesting instruments including sitars and theremin, adding depth to their already full-bodied musicality. They have a very easy going sound, and its very much their own. To top it off, the album was produced by Jerry Finn, who has worked with Green Day, Rancid, Blink-182, Fenix TX, Alkaline Trio, DHC, Millencolin, Sum 41, Zebrahead and the Suicide Machines.

The first half of this CD is stonger than the second half. "Im Expanding My Mind", "Hellbent", "Sold You an Alibi" and "Do the Vampire" are all solid rock songs, great for mixed tapes when you are looking for something to break the monotony between FAT bands. My only complaint is that the lyrics seem kind of vague at times. They aren't excessively weird, they just don't seem to say much of anything. Perhaps you can chalk that up to my own ignorance, so I can't fault the band for that. Besides, John Davis sings with such passion, that you can't help but enjoy this collecton of music thoroughly.

All in all, I would say that this is perfect "sunday afternoon" music, not something that gets you pumped up, but energetic and chaotic nonetheless. I recommend this CD to fans of: Husker Du, The Replacements, My Bloody Valentine, the Troggs and The Beatles.

 

 
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arejaypunx (October 22, 2010)

absolutely one of the most underrated albums ever. This album is something special.

Anonymous (March 21, 2004)

i guess what i was saying was that they don't want none of it.

Anonymous (March 21, 2004)

it's simple really. they record and distribute their own music. they have expressed that they grew tired of the commercialism. they hate playing "sucked out" at shows. they felt they were dicked over by a big label, the one this album is on.

great album.

Anonymous (May 22, 2003)

Superdrag is so good. I dont understand why people dont like the single Sucked Out, i personally think it's great. Ursula Major rocks too from the first cd. Right now, im listening to In The Valley of the dying Star and that cds is so good too. I cant believe their not more popular then they are.

Ejaculine

Anonymous (December 14, 2002)

you are = you're not "your"

achem

You're dumb.

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

fathead... your the dumbest person of all time

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

I listen to everything, from techno to bluegrass, and I must say that 'sucked out' was one of the worst singles in the last 20 years of rock music. when a band releases a horrible song like that, it automatically makes people think they completely suck. I'm sure Superdrag has a few really good songs, but everytime I hear that name I think of that god-awful song, and I start getting sick to my stomach.-fathead

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

This isnt a punk band. This is for fans of rock like Weezer, Nada Surf, Jimmy Eat World, and The Get Up Kids. They're going to be doing a split with The Anniversary, I cant wait for that.

coldjuly (October 1, 2001)

This is cool...my house got broken into last year and this CD was stolen damn bastards. Oh well, I'll get it again eventually

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

Superdrag = one of the best bands of the 90s and probably the new milennium, too. They are rock.

-Scott

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