ALBUM REVIEW: '666' by Sugar Candy Mountain
  • TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

  • Posted by: Jenny Pedraza



Despite the name of Sugar Candy Mountains sophomore album, 666, there is absolutely nothing hellish about this collection of songs. If anything, the album reminds us of how the devil was once an angel with odd desires, and much like the tracks on 666, his distinctive opinions got him kicked out of heaven so he could then go and create his own world. As the album makes its way to a not-so-defined destination, it grows more serious and on an optimistic sense, more heavy. With slightly louder riffs and stronger instruments (and keyboard?), it progresses into a fully formed collection of tracks that evoke a Sunday Morning feel, or at least, Lou Reed's version of one. Each song perfectly builds into the next one, creating a well-thought out, progressive track order.

As one piece altogether, it's a true, feel-good summer record. The whole album overall sounds like a wonderful psychedelic trip, or at least how one imagines a trip on acid would be like, because drugs are bad. 666 proves that the power of music can help us experience things we wouldnt normally feel without the help of an stimulant.

Below we have a track-by-track review of the album and who or what each song reminds us of. If the power of comparison doesn't help you love this album, God save your soul, because we don't know what will.

1. "Windows"
Serving as the perfect opening to the album, the lyrical content of "Windows" is full of metaphors that foreshadow what we can expect for the rest of the album. Sonically, it promises that sweet psychedelic pop that makes us love the band so much.

Who does this reminds us of? Jeff the Brotherhood.

2. "Change"
Simply put, this song is the intro for a latter song in the album called "Being," that we think was purposely placed as second to clarify that yes, the band thought this whole thing through.

Who does it reminds us of? The slightly less existential version of Pink Floyd.

3. "666"
As the title track of the album, the juxtaposition of this song's title with the name of the band is too funny not to give credit to, especially when the song sounds like something taken out of the less depressive days of Cat Power.

Who does this remind us of? Well, Cat Power.

4. "Being"
This is when the album begins to grow more serious and start leading the whole piece into that euphoric, psychedelic climax that we know is coming. Based on the lyrics "All that you touch you change / all that you change / changes you too," we can sense the depth of thought of this album and this song in specifically.

Who does this remind us of? Beach Fossils.

5. "Atlas"
This song is packed with fun tunes, and unlike "Being," which hints at depth, this is probably the least serious song of the entire album both sonically and lyrically. The song builds into this really fun instrumental ending that is super serpentine and sharp all at once.

Who does this reminds us of? Black Lips.

6. "Eyes On You"
As brief as this might be, this beautiful song is the groovier, darker version of a song from She and He.

Who does this reminds us of? A groovier, darker version of She and He. Duh.

7. "Time"
If there was a slightly more modern song on Magical Mystery Tour, this would be it. This legitimately sounds like a demo version of "Your Mother Should Know" or "Baby You're a Rich Man." Really just pick any song from the album and you'll hear the similarities.

Who does this remind us of? If it isn't obvious yet, The Beatles.

8. "Tired"
Let's say Quentin Tarantino came up with a threequel to Kill Bill, this might as well be the soundtrack for the movie.

Who does it reminds us of? Nancy Sinatra.

9. "Who I Am"
As existential as the title might sound, this song is packed with girl-fun that once again shows the band's sense of humor.

Who does it reminds of us of? The Cardigans.

10. "Summer of Our Discontent"
What if there was an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants where SpongeBob and Patrick stopped being friends? If that existed, this would be the song that plays in the background during that tragic (yet funny) moment.

Who does it reminds us of? The Velvet Underground.

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