In the Pursuit of Leisure

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In the Pursuit of Leisure
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 3, 2003
StudioHenson Studios, Hollywood, California
ProducerDavid Kahne
Sugar Ray chronology
Sugar Ray
In the Pursuit of Leisure
The Best of Sugar Ray
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 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.

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 band's 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


  1. ^ "In the Pursuit of Leisure Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ a b In the Pursuit of Leisure at AllMusic
  3. ^ Greer, Jim (2003-06-06). "In the Pursuit of Leisure Review". Entertainment Weekly. p. 78. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ Blashill, Pat (2003-05-20). "Sugar Ray: In The Pursuit of Leisure : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
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