I've been a big fan of the band Fuel since hearing their debut album on Epic, Sunburn way back in 1999. They became instantly popular with songs like "Shimmer", "Jesus or a Gun", and "Bittersweet." Sunburn was the kind of album that made late 90s rock great. It still had some of the edge of the grunge movement, but focused on melody in most tracks. A must own for just about any collection.
The follow up album, Something Like Human, featured the wildly popular "Hemmorhage," "Bad Day," and "Innocent." Another great, great rock album. More melodic and missing the rawness of Sunburn, but still a great listen.
The third, and ultimately final, Fuel album was Natural Selection. It's good for about six tracks, but overall, Fuel's weakest attempt.
Well now Fuel has announced that drummer Kevin Miller and lead singer Brett Scallions have each left the band, leaving guitarists/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie. While Bell and Abercrombie are each talented, it's hard to see how Fuel can progress past losing Miller (check out his drumwork on the song "Down" from SLH) and Scallions whose vocals have become a band trademark.
As much as I enjoyed Fuel albums, their live performances really put them over the top for me. I saw them in small venues (the Copper Dragon in Carbondale, Ill.), large arenas (Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY) and outside (at Riverstages in Nashville, Tn). Terrific every single time I saw them live.
It's too bad. I've got several bands I really like (Tonic, Dashboard Confessional, Nickel Creek, etc) but Fuel was one of my favorites for certain. RIP Fuel.