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  • Audio CD (9 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B000026Y38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Lose your heart to 'I've Been Waiting', break your heart to 'You Don't Love Me, then dance holes in your carpet to 'Girlfriend'. This is a truly classic album: every song is fresh, yet has an immediacy which makes you believe it's been your favourite album for years. Matthew Sweet's melodies here may be deceptively warm and chiming, with shades of the Beatles, Byrds and Tom Petty, but some of the lyrics carry a hidden dose of the weariness which comes out on his later albums, adding a little bite to the arrangements. 'Girlfriend' has been with me through school, college, cataclysmic and catastrophic relationships, and I still never grow over-familiar with it. Don't understand why England's never gone for Matthew Sweet - he's fantastic, and this is his best album. Buy it.
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Matthew Sweet ought to be a bigger name in the UK, no doubt about it - and this was the album that should have made his name. 1991 was a fine year for big pop songs played hard on guitars, and there are few better examples than this album to demonstrate why that is. From opener 'Divine Intervention' through to 'Winona' and 'Evangeline', the album has so many peaks of lush harmonies and guitar hooks that it's almost as if Matthew Sweet distilled the essence of pop music into a handful of songs and then turned up the amps to play them. Think of a punkier Big Star mixed with a Matchbox 20 on happy pills, and you'll be close.
Ex-Television guitarist Richard Quine offers some typically angular guitar parts, experimental in places but always suiting the mood of the track, and the vocals (including harmonies) can't be faulted. The only irritation with this album comes from the unnecessary over-production, one layer of varnish too many on Sweet's songs which makes you feel a little bit like you're watching the band through glass, that they aren't in the room with you. Sad, but you can't have it all and this album should have made Matthew Sweet the household name his talent deserves.
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If you only buy one record of the nineties this has to be the one. Every song is either a lovelorn ballad of genius that calls your favourite girl instantly to mind or a stomping shaking boogie woogie riff that makes you wish she was with you in body and not just spirit.
For lovers of classic 60s pop looking for that slightly more modern touch. Guitars are everywhere and Sweet's voice has never been more appropriate.
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This album captured a time and place for me (Portland, Oregon, 1992 if you must) and is a classic rock/power pop album. The title track is one of my all time favourites.

I've bought a number of other Matthew Sweet albums but, for me, nothing comes close to this offering. It only reached #100 on the Billboard charts but its reputation (well deserved) has grown over the years with some rating it as the best power pop album of the 90s.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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