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Sunshine Lies

  • 1. Time Machine
    2. Room to Rock
    3. Byrdgirl
    4. Flying
    5. Feel Fear
    6. Let's Love
    7. Sunshine Lies
    8. Pleasure Is Mine
    9. Daisychain
    10. Sunrise Eyes
    11. Around You Now
    12. Burn Through Love
    13. Back of My Mind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8266631094

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthew Sweet
    EngineerMatthew Sweet

    Personnel: Matthew Sweet (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, bass guitar, sound effects); Lisa Sweet, Susanna Hoffs (vocals); Ivan Julian (guitar, guitars, acoustic guitar); Richard Lloyd (guitar, guitars); Greg Leisz (guitar, slide guitar, mandolin); Ric Menck (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Matthew Sweet.
    Recording information: Lolina Green Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
    Author: John Keats.
    After more than two decades as a maker of sparkling, jangly power pop, you might expect that Matthew Sweet would start heading in the direction of, say, latter-day Nick Lowe, slowing down the tempo and turning down the volume for a more "mature" effect. Instead, Sweet goes the other way, making SUNSHINE LIES one of his hardest-rocking efforts to date.
    While his unerring tunefulness is always part of the equation, Sweet sounds like he's been listening to his share of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, judging from the crunch of the guitars (not to mention his distinctly Young-like vocals on "Meltdown"). On many other cuts, Sweet's voice seems to have taken on something of a Tom Petty tone as he's gotten older; this works out well, considering he shares with Petty a gift for all-American, hook-filled songcraft. Sure, there are a few songs here that hail back to the gentler, more jangly popster of old, but SUNSHINE LIES ultimately finds Sweet rediscovering his muse back in the garage and wringing loud, juicy joy from the process.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.73) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "SUNSHINE LIES is long on the sunny, pop-classicist melodies, straightforward grooves and layered harmonies of his earlier work."
    Spin (p.124) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Yoking fuzz-stoked guitars to gorgeous melodies derived from the Beatles and Big Star, Sweet serves up his best tunes since ALTERED BEAST."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Matthew Sweet returns with a tenth tune-fest that's equal parts sunny delight and cathartic, Posiesesque bluster."
    Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "[H]e conjures sunlit days that are far from idyllic....Nobody else makes uncertainty sound half this good. His best outing since 1999's IN REVERSE."
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