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Blue Sky On Mars

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoo
  • ASIN: B0000009B3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MATTHEW SWEET Blue Sky On Mars (1997 UK/European 12-track CD album including Come To California picture sleeve)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Matthew Sweet is all the best bits of The Byrds, Neil Young, Big Star, The Raspberries, the Beatles et al rolled into a power pop superhero!
This strangely under appreciated album from his back catalogue is just as chock-a-block with undiscovered pop classics as all his other albums. Perhaps a little lighter than Girlfriend and Altered Beast, and maybe missing the killer singles of In Reverse (What Matters is one of the top ten pop singles of the 90's), but this is to nit pick, because here you have 13 slices of an artist throwing away classic songs like they are going out of fashion (see the complete Guided By Voices back catalogue for similar acts of indiscretion).
Behind the Smile and back To You would have been airplay monsters in any decent society, and Missing Time is the closing anthem to end them all.
Buy now but be warned - you will then be compelled to buy the rest of his albums as well!
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By FER on 20 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hi, very good Disk, greats songs. A great Artist.
Disk very good, Box correct, very good chance and a very good price. Thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing . . . but the highs make it worth owning 17 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the writer below that too many artists currently pad out their CDs with filler simply because the space is there. BUT--it is hard not to feel as though the shrinking running-times of Sweet's records (and their increasingly hit-or-miss songwriting) establish a kind of quantity/quality correspondence. What's next, a techno EP with only one good song? *100% Fun* earns its brevity with sublime writing (it's a bit saggy in the middle, but everything kicks in eventually). With *Blue Sky,* though, it begins to seem as though the bitter weirdness that fueled Sweet's early-90s work has soured into a lack of regard for his audience. Even when he writes a killer hook--"All Over My Head"--he can scarcely be bothered to flesh it out into a song, and the absence of either R. Lloyd or R. Quine in the lead guitar role throws the track into a holding pattern when it should be taking off. In a lesser artist, such modesty wouldn't rankle, but Sweet is clearly more gifted (to say nothing of prolific) than he has recently been allowing. On the whole, this is a real head-in-the-sand effort, worth getting (for fans) for its 3 or 4 great tunes. But one certainly hopes that the bile of indifference will have subsided by the time Sweet next enters the studio.
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Not as strong as his best work 18 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an enjoyable album, and it has some really good, pure melodic pop on it. But I have a few complaints:
1. The songs just aren't quite as catchy as previous work. I find myself programming my CD player around some of them.
2. Matthew fired his lead and rhythm guitarists, and came out worse for it. Hey Matt, those guys were awesome; how come you got rid of them?
3. The album is too short. It's not even 40 minutes.
Despite these shortcomings, it's still a fun, if somewhat cynical, collection of songs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not Sweet enough 9 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This record starts out pretty well with "Come To California", the straightforward "Back To You" and the powerhouse "Where You Get Love" with its irresistible roaring outro, but those were the only tracks I could remember when I've heard it through. Still, there are some nifty melodies scattered around. If you look well enough, maybe someday you will find them. And: I think it is a good thing that this album does not last longer than 40 minutes. There are enough of those which drag on far too long...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Matthew Sweet's Smiley Smile 29 July 2008
By J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Because of the success of 100% Fun on modern rock radio, which spun off a respectable amount of airplay from Sweet's previous album Girlfriend, the buzz was that BSOM was going to be a super orgy of sound where all of the greatness of Girlfriend and 100% Fun are in one happy package. Well, when it hit stores after hearing "Where You Get Love" on the radio, I popped it in and was very disappointed in it's supposed promise. A lot of it seemed scattered and two very irritating tracks "Over It" and "Make Believe" never made it past the 20 second mark. But, in hindsight, there's some not too bad nuggets here that emulate songs off of 100% Fun, such as "Heaven And Earth" (Walk Out) or "Where You Get Love" (Sick of Myself) or "Into Your Drug" (broken down Lost My Mind). If you're just getting into Matthew Sweet, bypass this one unless Girlfriend and 100% is plenty. But, if you're thirsty for more and 100% Fun/Girlfriend isn't enough, then go to In Reverse and then go into reverse (hardy-har) to Blue Sky On Mars. Unfortunately, the big sound orgy promised for BSOM ended up on In Reverse while the grand poo-baa of hooks remained back at Girlfriend and 100% Fun, thereby pulling the plug on Sweet's already too-slowly emerging mainstream entry.
Great..... 8 Nov. 1999
By Madcat (madcat797@yahoo.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
.......but not spectacular, not like his other albums at any rate. Throughout the decade, Mathew Sweet has provided lovers of quality rock music with top-notch music. He is one of the few islands amid the sickly sea of sludge that is most popular music. He continues to do that on Blue Sky on Mars, but unfortunately, it just doesn't have the heart of his other works. Still, it's hard to see how anyone cannot like the Beach Boys-like Come to California, or Where Do You Get Love (a song that is the absolute essence of power-pop), or All Over My Head. The rest of the ablum is good too, if not quite up to his usual standards. The problem is not, as some say, the absense of the lead guitars that were a trademark of his earlier albums (especially Girlfriend and Altered Beast). Matthew doesn't need them to make great music. The problem is that this ablum is lacking in substance. Also, although I like a lot of upbeat music as well as the darker stuff, BSOM is a little TOO light for my tastes. It's also too short an album, as has been said over and over again by numeruous others before me. Having said all that, take heart, because this is still on of the best albums of the 90's. It's really fun to listen to, and it retains the essence of Matthew Sweet, albeit in a way you may not be used to hearing. It may not be his best work, but it is MILES above anything most artists will ever even dream of doing.
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