Music: Sugar by Dead Confederate * * *
They called their first album Wrecking Ball and the songs were dark and twisted.
This follow-up is similarly adroitly titled -- there's optimism and the odd light moment in these hard-rocking, grungy songs that just about make those Dinosaur Jr comparisons seem valid.
Mind you, the presence of that band's visionary leader J Mascis on the album's potent standout, Giving it All Away, won't do their street cred any harm.
He's still got it in the guitar department, as this anthemic number so clearly demonstrates.
Burn it: Giving it All Away