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MATTHEW SWEET and SUSANNA HOFFS(THE BANGLES)continue their parade through pops past with a third volume that brings the duo to the eighties.The two artists are steeped in the underground pop culture of the eighties,and volume 3 pays tribute to all these sounds and more.These songs were staples on the radio in the eighties and include REM's Sitting Still,XTC's Towers of London,THE SMITHS How Soon Is Now,ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN's Killing Moon.Other highlights include ELVIS COSTELLO's Girls Talk,and TOM PETTY's Free Fallin.Produced by MATTHEW SWEET and SUSANNA HOFFS,and released in digi-pack format.
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If you've heard the previous albums then you'll know what to expect - the album has a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar songs and Sweet and Hoffs aren't interested in radical reinterpretations - they prefer to remain faithful to the original recordings. Whilst this has led some to dismiss these records as little more than karaoke, there's always something of interest, particularly the soaring vocals of Hoffs, to make these albums worthwhile.
Some songs are a perfect fit for Susanna Hoffs - The Pretender's Kid, Kirsty MacColl's They Don't Know and The Go-Go's Our Lips are Sealed. Others, like Elvis Costello's Girls Talk and Roxy Music's More Than This, are less obvious, but she still manages to make them her own.
Sweet shines on some of the more obscure selections, such as REM's Sitting Still, The Beat's Save It For Later and The Bullrushes, originally recorded by The Bongos.
XTC's Towers of London is a great choice as well, there are several XTC songs which would have been more obvious - Senses Working Overtime for example - but although Towers is a left field choice, it sounds really good.
Like the two previous albums this is well worth a listen. It's not an album that will change your life - it's simply the sound of two people enjoying some of their favourite music.
It’s great fun but, along with Vol 2, it somehow lacks some of the joy, energy and invention of their Sixties collection; likewise the production falls slightly short of the lush succulence of Vol 1. That said, this is still a very enjoyable collection. Like its predecessors, it's a discerningly chosen set of songs, with each number lovingly retooled and beautifully performed. There's a real British slant to the running order this time around, with The Smiths, The Beat, The Pretenders, Echo & the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, Tracey Ullmann and XTC all present and correct. In every case, the American accents and West Coast harmonies work surprisingly well on these quintessentially British tracks.
Not quite a rave review, but this is still a pleasant, foot-tapping slice of nouveau-nostalgia which any fan of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs will enjoy.
Bearing in mind that both Sweet and Hoffs made their own musical emergence in the 1980s gives this album an added edge, and it's an album I can only highly recommend to fans of the duo and those who enjoy a (predominantly American) trawl through some fine songs from the decade that Taste Forgot!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's as if Susanna and Mathew had tailor made this and the previous two albums for me. Simply fantastic.Published 14 months ago by Mr Phillip P Smith
this whole series is a great selection of songs, great guitar based pop/rockPublished 16 months ago by kevin hall
Susanna Hoffs version of Chrissie Hynde's "Kid" is excellent.Published 18 months ago by Black Baron