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Album Review

Sprung Monkey has been reinventing themselves since the mid-'90s, when their grunge-meets-Red Hot Chili Peppers sound first burst on the scene. On Get a Taste, they take their lessons from popular rockers Sugar Ray and try to brighten up their sound by turning down the distortion and throwing in record scratches and acoustic guitars. This might win them more fans, but has further blurred their already derivative sound into an entire album that sounds like the filler found on teen movie soundtracks. There are always bright spots, and Sprung Monkey flirts with a few sounds that they might be successful with. Especially good is "Beautiful," a melodic rocker that brings to mind early-'90s Goo Goo Dolls, and "Party Like a Rock Star," a song so blatantly commercial and poppy that it screams to be included on the aforementioned teen movie soundtrack. But Sprung Monkey does not settle on any one sound, instead trying to cover every base, from heavy metal to funk rock to pop ballads. This is a band who has a lot of talent, but as singer Steve Summers says in "Whatcha Gonna Do," "lately I've been wonderin' who I am." This essentially sums up the album, which never quite figures out what it's going for and ends up sounding confused and rather boring because of it.

Customer Reviews

Great CD!!!!

Heard these guys down in Miami, picked up the CD and LOVE IT! Not sure why they are not bigger. Beautiful and Everybody knows everything are two of the best songs on the planet!!

get a taste of this!

okay this is a terrific album. definitely an upgrade from there sound of previous albums like swirl and mr. funny face. i don't necessarily give this album five stars, more of a 4 1/2 star rating. This is actually my second favorite sprung monkey album behind mr. funny face. speaking of which, itunes please get mr. funny face, that is their absolute best album!

What the First Dude Said

i heard the song "whats that you say" on my xm radio Squizz station and loved it. I looked to find that song everwhere it rocks. Thank u I tunes


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Led by vocalist Steve Summers, the San Diego-based punk band Sprung Monkey debuted in 1995 with Swirl. Upon signing to major label Hollywood Records, they returned...
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