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Pop/Rock - Released August 2, 1994 | Work

Most of the members of Sponge had played in straight hard rock bands before group formed. That background is evident throughout Rotting Piñata, the debut from this Detroit-based alternative hard rock band. Sponge's sense of alternative rock goes back as far as Pearl Jam, or maybe only Stone Temple Pilots, judging from the hit single "Plowed." For an STP ripoff band, they're very adept -- the chords cluster together, vocalist Vinnie sings directly from his gut, and the whole thing barrels ahead, ignoring whatever's in its way. Even if they have the polished, commercial veneer, they only deliver the songs in spurts. "Plowed" wails mercilessly and "Molly" is a rare contemplative moment, yet most of the disc features half-finished ideas like the monotonous title track. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released July 14, 2009 | Columbia

With their second album, Sponge returned to the '70s hard rock roots they had only hinted at on their alterna-metal debut, Rotting Pinata. Before Rotting Pinata, the group had slogged it out on the Detroit hard rock circuit under a variety of names, honing their chops and developing their skills. They managed to have a moderate hit with Rotting Pinata, which sounded exactly like it was recorded in Seattle. That hit allowed the band to expand their horizons with their second album, Wax Ecstatic. In order to grow, the group went back to their beginnings, touching on glam-rock, arena rock, blues-rock, and jangle-pop. Although it reveals Rotting Pinata to be somewhat calculating in its approach, Wax Ecstatic, ironically, is a far superior album. Simply put, Sponge sounds more comfortable on this terrain. They can spin out fuzzy hooks like those that populate the title track with ease, and they can craft hummable tunes like "I Am Anastasia" with equal aplomb. Wax Ecstatic is a more focused, more determined and all around more successful record than its predecessor. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released November 7, 2011 | THREE ONE THREE RECORDS

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 25, 2019 | Cleopatra Records

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Rock - Released March 15, 2013 | THREE ONE THREE RECORDS

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 17, 2013 | The End Records

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Originally sold at concerts while Sponge was on tour with the 2013 package Summerland, Stop the Bleeding -- the alt-rock band's seventh album -- bears the same songs but a different track listing on its mass-market release on the End. In both incarnations, the ten-song album (there is a bonus cut, "Alcohol and Speed," on the mass-market edition) contains all five songs from the 2010 EP Destroy the Boy so you could safely say this is a hodge-podge, a feeling enhanced by the presence of an ominous, electronic-specked cover of Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" that brings to mind nothing so much as Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams." Even if "Time in a Bottle" isn't as gothic and menacing as Manson's take on the Eurythmics, the revision is stuck in the '90s, as is Stop the Bleeding in general. Sponge remain adherents of angst-on-your sleeve cleaned-up alt-rock, tempering their grunge guitars with slicked-up hooks and percolating electronic flourishes, late-'90s futurism that now sounds retro. While it's hard to shake the suspicion Sponge think this will somehow get them back on the radio, it has to be said that the group does have a knack for a big hook, something that surfaces when the gloom is ratcheted down. Perhaps this won't be nervy or new enough to convert new fans, but old ones will be satisfied and the curious may be surprised to hear that Sponge are shaping up to be dyed-in-the-wool rock & roll survivors, the '90s equivalent of old warhorses from the '70s who refused to die. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 26, 2018 | THREE ONE THREE RECORDS

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Rock - Released May 16, 2018 | Sponge Sweden

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 24, 2021 | Trillian Digital

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 21, 2020 | Trillian Digital

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Rock - Released May 16, 2018 | Sponge Sweden

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 15, 2019 | Cleopatra Records

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Punk / New Wave - Released December 14, 2020 | Cleopatra Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 26, 2021 | Trillian Digital

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Rock - Released July 19, 2016 | THREE ONE THREE RECORDS

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Rock - Released July 16, 2012 | THREE ONE THREE RECORDS

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Rock - Released May 16, 2018 | Sponge Sweden

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Electronic - Released August 6, 2019 | Electro Dance Music

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Dance - Released May 19, 2017 | Trackstone Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 20, 2013 | The End Records