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Editors’ Notes

Matthew Sweet’s third album made power pop radio-friendly again (see the majestic “I’ve Been Waiting”) while it treated fans of pure pop music to songs that merged wide-ranging influences: there’s R&B (the title track), sad-bastard country (“Winona”), straight-up anti-war rock (“Holy War”), and Neil Young–ish singer/songwriter balladizing (“You Don’t Love Me” and the drop-dead-lovely finale “Nothing Lasts”). The guitar interplay between Robert Quine (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) and Richard Lloyd (Television) stings, stabs, and soars and provides a highly listenable (and wholly unpredictable) counterpoint to occasional pedal steel guitars and Sweet’s tender tenor.

Customer Reviews

2 Classic CD's

I hardly need to defend purchasing Girlfriend. It is a timeless classic that takes you to the soaring highs of Girlfriend and Divine Intervention. Yet, it can still spiral down with Looking at The Sun and Don't Go. A definitely needed CD. Then, there is the (pre-iTunes) ultra rare "Good Friend" bonus CD which I searched for years before finding in a small CD shop in NYC. But, lucky for you, it is available at the click of a mouse now. It is a collection of some live cuts from the CD and other songs. Some are concert, some are radio performances. It has the strength of a legitimate release and the musical quality, too. The covers are Cortez by Neil Young, Isolation by John Lennon. The 3 demos are also very good. Just like the CD, it rocks. There are no B-side songs here. Any price for either CD would be a value, together, this can't be passed up.

100%

Just came across a patch that I got when I was on tour with with these peoples in 1991. "100% Fun - Matthew Sweet" The "Girlfriend" album is 100% fun. Their shows were 100% fun too. I think I have a friend that would like the patch. Maybe I'll give it to him today at his daughter's bday party. I didn't get her a gift.

Hell yeah!

I loved this CD back in high school when it came out but have played it in like ten years. It's back in the rotation now.

Biography

Born: October 6, 1964 in Lincoln, NE

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After spending the '80s as an unappreciated jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional songcraft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young. Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert...
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