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Artist: Matthew Sweet
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: October 1991

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

Sweet was the king of power pop in the 90's. All his 90's cds were worth buying and he even had a hit with Sick of Myself but he clearly hit his creative peak with Girlfriend. He perfected the formula that he would continue to pursue of writing boppy songs and backing them with a great rock band. The record works whether it rocks hard like on the title track with Robert Quine's amazing driving guitar line or on mid tempo songs like the sweet I've Been Waiting. Sweet's taste in musicians is excellent with Quine and drummer Fred Maher, who played on Lou Reed's best solo records in the early 80's, on some tracks and guitarist Richard Lloyd tearing through others. Sweet is obsessed with women, especially on Girlfriend with women who dumped him. The lyrics don't match the quality of the music but are often interesting like on Sweet's bizarre tribute to Winona Ryder and the music and playing always keep thing moving.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...irresistable... musically, Sweet is equally adept at balancing the tough and the tender... as a writer, he's a one-man factory of hooks..." 4 Stars - Excellent Rolling Stone 1/23/92, p.47

"...a spare and emotional stunner ...strikingly consistent songwriter...a masterpiece of spare, postmodern pop..." - Rating: A Entertainment Weekly 12/20/91, p.72



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