In the Pursuit of Leisure

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In the Pursuit of Leisure
Studio album by Sugar Ray
Released June 3, 2003
Recorded Henson Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 41:06
Label Atlantic
Producer David Kahne
Sugar Ray chronology
Sugar Ray
(2001)
In the Pursuit of Leisure
(2003)
The Best of Sugar Ray
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

In the Pursuit of Leisure is Sugar Ray's fifth studio album released in 2003. Hip-hop artists Esthero and Shaggy guest-star on the album. Stylistically, it represents a move away from the group's previous funk metal sound of their first few albums in the 1990s towards the lighter, hook-filled mainstream rock of their 2000s work.[2]

It features the single "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)", a song which includes samples from both Sweet's hit "Love Is Like Oxygen" and Midnight Star's hit "No Parking (On the Dance Floor)." That track was a success and reached the #20 spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40. A cover of Joe Jackson's new wave song "Is She Really Going Out With Him" was released as the second single. It had similar success and reached the #29 spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40.[2]

Reception and sales[edit]

The album only sold 135,000 copies, far less than the bands prior self-titled release, which had gone platinum.[5] The album's commercial failure led to a six-year gap in releasing their next album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Sugar Ray, except for "Is She Really Going Out with Him?",written by Joe Jackson.
  1. "Chasin' You Around" – 3:38
  2. "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" – 3:48
  3. "Heaven" (Featuring Esthero)– 4:26
  4. "Bring Me the Head of..." – 0:42
  5. "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" – 3:30
  6. "Can't Start" – 3:42
  7. "Photograph of You" – 3:48
  8. "56 Hope Road" (Featuring Shaggy) – 3:51
  9. "Whatever We Are" – 3:41
  10. "She's Different" – 3:30
  11. "In Through the Doggie Door" – 3:09
  12. "Blues from a Gun" – 3:25

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