Review: Sugar Ray – Abracadabra (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track Sugar Ray – Abracadabra.

This track was released in 1999 on the album 14:59. It is noted for being a cover of the Steve Miller Band.

The track starts off with an effect with a gate effect applied. The drum kit and guitars come in along with some scratching. After that, the vocals then begin with some scratching still being present.

A guitar riff then takes the track into the main chorus. Shortly after, the vocals take the track straight into the next verse. A repeat of the main chorus follows.

After that, the vocals take the track into the next verse. The vocals then take the track into the main chorus again.

In the next section, the guitars briefly drop out. They do return after a bit. The section is capped off with a guitar solo backed by various effects.

The vocals then return for a verse. They repeat a few lines before a scratch leads the track out.

One positive about the track is the various effects applied throughout. The scratching is definitely the most obvious effect applied, but there are numerous other effects throughout the track added as well. I think it gives the track a nice well-rounded sound.

Another positive is the guitars actually work quite well. They actually give the track a nice amount of energy.

The vocals are decent enough. They deliver on what they need to deliver.

As for ways this track can improve, the most obvious to me is the transitions. Some parts have no real transitions at all. A few more would actually give this track better structure.

Overall, this is a pretty solid track. It has some nice guitars and effects. The vocals are pretty decent as well. Transition work could use some work, though. Still, it’s a pretty solid track all around.


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