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Album Review

Reappearing four years after their ill-fated major-label release, Bang! The Earth Is Round, the Sugarplastic released their third album, 2000's Resin, on their own Escape Artist label. The album title and song titles like "Funny Cigarettes" suggest that the L.A. trio is taking at least some of their inspiration from the THC-soaked psych-pop of the late '60s, and a cursory listen confirms it. Far trippier than their new wave-inspired early work, Resin is (to continue the XTC comparisons that will probably forever dog this band) more in the spirit of the Dukes of Stratosphear records than Black Sea. The 17 brief songs (some barely a minute long) range from the blaring "Big World" to the just plain odd "Ben Takes a Walk to Lose Company and on the Way He Sees Some Ice Skaters," and a new set of influences, from Syd Barrett to Brian Eno, are apparent. In a further break with the past, bassist Kiara Geller contributes several tracks (guitarist Ben Eshbach had previously been the sole songwriter), with his Kinks-like "Novelty Man" a particular highlight. Producer Andy Metcalfe, formerly of the Soft Boys and Squeeze, gives the album a suitably lysergic feel without sacrificing the duo's essential pop appeal.

Customer Reviews

Cool Pop

This is a really good album from a practically unknown band. Good stuff...

Great Stuff

I grew up on this stuff, alot of it takes me back. The powerful meaning and tasty melodies provide for a great album.

The best band in the world

This is one of the greats. Like gold, you need to discover. If you work writing about music and art, get some Sugarplastic tracks and be happy.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Los Angeles-based power-popsters the Sugarplastic comprised singer/guitarist Ben Eshbach, bassist Kiara Geller and drummer Josh Laner; formed in early 1990, the trio spent over a year and a half rehearsing at a local appliance store owned by Laner's father before finally making their public debut, next recording a handful of tracks for release on their 1993 three-single box-set debut Ottawa Bonesaw. The first full-length Sugarplastic effort,...
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