Sumo (album)

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Sumo
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1998
StudioTriclops Sound Studios, Atlanta
GenreAlternative Rock Hard Rock Power Pop
Length46:25
LabelEastWest Records/Warner Music Group
ProducerMatt Serletic
The Superjesus chronology
Eight Step Rail
(1996)
Sumo
(1998)
Sumo II
(1998)
Singles from Sumo
  1. "Down Again"
    Released: 25 August 1997
  2. "Saturation"
    Released: November 1997
  3. "Now and Then"
    Released: March 1998
  4. "Ashes"
    Released: June 1998

Sumo is the debut studio album by Australian band The Superjesus in February 1998. The album peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts. The album was re-issued in October 1998 under the title Sumo II.

To celebrate 20 years since its release, the album was re-released in August 2018, with bonus tracks and on Vinyl for the first time. The Superjesus toured the album across the second half of 2018.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars

Jonathan Lewis from AllMusic said "Sumo was full of guitar-driven alternative radio-friendly songs." adding "Opening with the Helmet-style riffing of the excellent "Down Again", the Superjesus show that guitar rock with McLeod's vocals soaring over the top is definitely their strength. Unfortunately, it is also their weakness, with Sumo containing too little variation in style." Lewis said "While the first half of Sumo shows plenty of promise, the second half loses its intensity."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down Again"
  • Chris Tennent
  • Sarah McLeod
5:07
2."Saturation"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:07
3."Sandfly"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:14
4."Now and Then"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:05
5."Ashes"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:34
6."I'm Stained"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:45
7."Honeyrider"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:37
8."Sink"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:42
9."Dead Ended"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:05
10."Milk" (includes hidden track "Shut My Eyes")
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
8:44

2018 20th Anniversary Edition

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down Again"
  • Chris Tennent
  • Sarah McLeod
5:07
2."Saturation"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:04
3."Sandfly"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:17
4."Now and Then"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:05
5."Ashes"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:36
6."I'm Stained"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:45
7."Shut My Eyes"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:39
8."Honeyrider"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:38
9."Sink"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:43
10."Dead Ended"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:05
11."Blisterment" (B-side to "Down Again")
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:03
12."Milk"
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:23
13."Strips of You" (originally on the EP Eight Step Rail)
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:54
14."Confide in Me" (previously unreleased recording from 1996[2])3:54
15."Honeyrider" (Triple J Live At The Wireless 1997)
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:45
16."I'm Stained" (Triple J Live At The Wireless 1997)
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:38
17."Shut My Eyes" (Triple J Live At The Wireless 1997)
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
3:34
18."Saturation" (Triple J Live At The Wireless 1997)
  • Tennent
  • McLeod
4:28

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Rank
Australian Albums Chart[5] 37
Australian Artist Albums Chart 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia February 1998 CD EastWest Records/Warner Music Group 3984204522
Australia 17 August 2018 LP[7] Warner Music Group 5419700293
Australia 17 August 2018 CD[1] Warner Music Group 5419700727

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sumo (20th Anniversary Edition)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Superjesus 20th Anniversary Tour". Female. July 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Superjesus - Sumo". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com – The Superjesus – Sumo". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 1998". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sumo (Limited 20th Anniversary Red Vinyl)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 17 August 2018.