In the Pursuit of Leisure

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In the Pursuit of Leisure
Studio album by
Released June 3, 2003
Recorded 2002-2003
Studio Henson Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 41:06
Label Atlantic
Producer David Kahne
Sugar Ray chronology
Sugar Ray
In the Pursuit of Leisure
The Best of Sugar Ray
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]

In the Pursuit of Leisure is Sugar Ray's fifth studio album released in 2003. Hip-hop artists Esthero and Shaggy guest-star on the album.

It features the single "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)", a song which includes samples from both Sweet's hit "Love Is Like Oxygen" and Midnight Star's hit "No Parking (On the Dance Floor)." That track was a success and reached the #20 spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40. A cover of Joe Jackson's new wave song "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" was released as the second single. It had similar success and reached the #29 spot on Billboard's Adult Top 40.[2]

Reception and sales

The album only sold 135,000 copies, far less than the band's prior self-titled release, which had gone platinum.[5] The album's commercial failure led to a six-year gap in releasing their next album.[5]

Track listing

  • All songs written by Sugar Ray, except for "Is She Really Going Out with Him?", written by Joe Jackson.
  1. "Chasin' You Around" – 3:38
  2. "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" – 3:48
  3. "Heaven" (Featuring Esthero)– 4:26
  4. "Bring Me the Head of..." – 0:42
  5. "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)" – 3:30
  6. "Can't Start" – 3:42
  7. "Photograph of You" – 3:48
  8. "56 Hope Road" (Featuring Shaggy) – 3:51
  9. "Whatever We Are" – 3:41
  10. "She's Different" – 3:30
  11. "In Through the Doggie Door" – 3:09
  12. "Blues from a Gun" – 3:25


  1. ^ "In the Pursuit of Leisure Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ a b In the Pursuit of Leisure at AllMusic
  3. ^ Greer, Jim (2003-06-06). "In the Pursuit of Leisure Review". Entertainment Weekly: 78. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ Blashill, Pat (2003-05-20). "Sugar Ray: In The Pursuit of Leisure : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
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