Marcy Playground is most recognized for their 1997 hit “Sex and Candy.” With their fourth album, “Leaving Wonderland In a Fit of Rage,” the band proves their talent by experimenting with relaxing and mellow tones. It comes as no surprise that John Wozniak’s smooth voice and dexterous acoustic guitar picking carries the album.

“Blackbird” kicks off “In a Fit of Rage” with an edgy, strong rhythm that will hook listeners. “Devil Woman;” a country song at heart, and “Gin and Money” are also notable. With “Star Baby,” Wozniak lets loose and has fun with the music. “Memphis,” easily the strongest song on the album, has Led Zeppelin-like guitar strokes coupled with the ultra-melodic pitch that Wozniak is famous for—his voice draws the listener into a dreamlike state. The album ends in a smooth finish both vocally and instrumentally with “Down the Drain.”

About The Author

Ashley D'Hooge graduated from Emerson college in Boston. She has written for several publications and currently resides in Boston.

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