There is this wine called, "Conundrum". A small vineyard, named Caymus Vineyards (which is in the Napa Valley region of California) makes it. This white wine taste exactly like its name. It tastes like a conundrum (which means "anything that puzzles"). It is a delightfully confusing blend of five different grapes, blended into a delicious wine. It is about $20 a
bottle and I highly recommend it for special occasions... or everyday drink (if you're rich). Caymus Conundrum reminds me a lot of Sugar Ray's new
The two hits off this CD, "Someday" and "Every Morning", certainly do not prepare one for the remainder of this CD's hidden jewels. "Someday", which during the
concert Sugar Ray dedicated to "the friends we've lost along the
way", is a mid-tempo perfect-for-slow- summer grinding (on the dance floor
folks) tune about meeting on the "other side".
These lyrics are sung over raw guitar, and minimal drums. Stark but nice combo. A few other songs of note would be "Personal Space Invader" which is a straight 80's Pop tune (diggin' it!) and "Live And Direct" (featuring KRS-One) which is an enjoyable mainstream suburban Rap tune.
"Aim For Me" gives you a taste of Western Punk (do your research, it's out there) while "Burning Dog" reminds me of the 80's group Oingo Boingo. Do yourself a favor and go to Amazon.com and tag an Oingo Boingo CD. You will thank me later! We even get a taste of the 60's with a the brief, "Even Though." I get the urge to sing the "That Thing You Do" song. Sugar Ray throws in a remake "Abracadabra" and ends the CD with a twisted instrumental of Circus music played by that twisted clown you always keep away from your child.
After seeing Sugar Ray perform live (did I tell you about the live bar and margarita's on
stage?) this CD did not disappoint. This CD is as fun a lively as the live performance. While there is still some summer left, go grab a few beers, a babe and the Sugar Ray
CD 14:59. While you are at it, pick up his first CD Floored
(Wea/Atlantic/Lava; ASIN: B000005J7O ). Get 'em
both! You are sure to have a good time.