Grammy nominated Big Sugar returns with new record Eternity Now, the first Big Sugar album in five years. Not surprisingly, it’s kind of a mixed bag, taking into account the trials and tribulations lead vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter Gordie Johnson has had to overcome during that time.
Following the death of longtime bandmate and Rasta elder Garry Lowe, each track on Eternity Now, mainly written by Johnson and his wife Alex, is a record of addiction, depression, self-destruction, and, finally, redemption. Recorded at his own Soundshack Studios in Austin, Texas, the opening title track is an all-out stadium rocker, featuring the guitar of Alex Lifeson of Rush. Although the next track, a cover of Gary Wright’s “Love Is Alive” is nothing special, things pick up with the next cut and first single and video, “The Better It Gets,” which will surely please all Big Sugar fans. “Wonder Woman” is another rocker with a great chorus, and “Anything Is Possible” has an ear-catching guitar groove, and some cool lyrics.
Although two tracks — “New Event Horizon” and the quirky “Ultra Violet” — don’t live up to the standards of the best cuts on the album, the very personal “Strange Spectacular” and the final track, the optimistic all out rocker “Everything You Want It To Be,” closes the album in classic Big Sugar style.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: BIG SUGAR – ETERNITY NOW