Picks and Pans Review: Sugar Ray

updated 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Let's be honest: Was anyone really hankering for a Sugar Ray comeback? After their last studio album, 2003's In the Pursuit of Leisure, frontman Mark McGrath certainly seemed to kill his rock-star credibility by cohosting Extra. But the SoCal party dudes have picked the perfect season to return. After all, their music has always been made for summer slacking, and breezy, beach-ready ditties like the first single "Boardwalk" go down as smoothly as a frozen daiquiri. While they sometimes sound like overgrown frat boys, they get a break—at least until Labor Day.

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