BIG SUGAR: Revolution Per Minute

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So Gordie Johnson relocates to Texas and the reggae groove on Big Sugar gets deeper? Maybe Gordie was missing the band’s early years in the T.Dot when they first started mixing up electric blues with reggae grooves.

This first Big Sugar album in 8 years sure sounds like it.

Last year Gordie Johnson took time out from his country-metal project Grady to play a clutch of show with a hastily reunited Big Sugar. The experience was sweet enough to entice the crew back into the studio for a ‘reunion’ album, a concept that doesn’t often end with the best results.
Revolution Per Minute is not one of those. Instead, it’s everything you’ve ever liked about Big Sugar and more.

Depending on your viewpoint, Revolution Per Minute is either less eclectic or more consistent than its predecessors and updated enough to win the band new fans.

Recorded with Big Sugar alumni Mr. Chill, Garry Lowe, Stephane Beaudin and Mr. Friendly, it’s got that big, big guitar sound, the steppin’ and thundering drums, the supple yet muscled-up bass, the killer choruses. All that and layers of horns, keyboards and the signature moans of Mr. Chill’s harmonica. Earlier his year at Toronto’s Sound Academy, Big Sugar road tested a number of these songs to wild response. It’s heartening to note they’ve all made the transitiuon to the recorded format with vitality and drive intact.

There’s much here which smacks of a classic Big Sugar album. Not only because of the strength of the Big Sugar template but also that some of the songs were written almost ten years ago. That they fuse seamlessly with the new stuff indicates no one’s lost their touch.

Personal faves in the set would be ‘ A Little Bit A Alright’, the cocky “It’ s All I Know” and the one-two blast of ‘True Believers’ and the title track that takes the album home laying rubber all the way. The ‘blast it loud outdoors’ album of the summer so far.

James Lizzard