Pop/rock combo Sugar Ray rears its head this week with its fifth Atlantic album, “In the Pursuit of Leisure.” First single “Mr. Bartender (It’s So Easy)” is No. 23 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart this week. The new album is the follow-up to Sugar Ray’s 2001’s self-titled set, which spawned the hit “When It’s Over.” The cut reached No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and the album entered The Billboard 200 at No. 6.
Longtime collaborator David Kahne once again took the producer reigns on “In the Pursuit of Leisure,” which doesn’t waste any time getting to the good stuff. The set opens with the head-bobbin’ “Chasin’ You Around” (which seems destined for radio play), a cover of Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?,” and the sunny “Heaven” (with supporting vocals by Esthero).
The album’s second half is populated by melancholy pop grooves, including the Shaggy-assisted “56 Hope Rd.” Look for Sugar Ray on the road in North America with labelmate matchbox twenty through early July.