Blue Sky On MarsMatthew Sweet-
For Matthew Sweet's latest album, he has pretty much gone the one man band
route, playing most instruments on the album himself. This gives Blue Sky
On Mars an even poppier sound than past albums.
Re-upping with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots,
Neil Young) from Sweet's last album, it does sound terrific, with songs like
the terrific Cheap Trick-circa-1979 single "Where You Get Love" or the
melancholy rocker "Hollow."
The only problems with the album are that Sweet has worked with stronger
sets of songs in the past and he really does miss the twin guitar attack of
Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine from his last three albums. So, it's not
Sweet's best album, but it's still pretty good.
Jay S. Jacobs
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