Album Review: “Regretfully Yours” by Superdrag
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After Nirvana conquered the music world, major labels realized that smaller, independent bands could be commercially viable. This quickly became a double-edged sword; it gave these smaller bands a greater source of economic support, but it also meant that they could get lost amongst the glut of major label alternative bands. Superdrag certainly counts as a lost group. Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, the group only ever had one hit, “Sucked Out,” leading many to categorize them as a one hit wonder. However, listening through “Regretfully Yours” shows that they are anything but; each song contains multitudes of memorable moments that can nest in a listener’s head for days.
“Sucked Out” itself is an anomaly on the album, a clever inversion of the quiet verse/loud chorus trick that was so popular at the time. Instead, the song switches from its breezy, sunny verses to a tense and minimalist chorus.
Other songs on the album tend to stick with a more direct approach, such as the moody pummel of “Cynicality” and the smeary melodicism of album highlight “Destination Ursa Major.”
Much of the album has some very clear influences both from and outside of the time period, but despite all this it still feels remarkably fresh. Every track has heart and feeling, and it contains the raw jubilation of a band finally getting to live out their dreams.
While each song is genius, one song stands tall above the rest. “Nothing Good is Real,” the penultimate track on the album, showcases a softer side for the band without sacrificing the intensity of the other tracks. The verses pass along dreamily, and even when the chorus erupts into a distortion-smothered climax it still holds onto its woozy feeling. Each note feels heavenbound, and in that lies the true tragedy of Superdrag. Even when they seemed destined for nothing, they still reached for the stars.