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Time Capsule: The Best of Matthew Sweet 1990-2000

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Album Review

One of the most unlikely and endearing successes of the alternative rock era, Matthew Sweet was — and is — one of the most consistent artists to come out of that time period. Compiled by Volcano Records, the same label that released Sweet's 1999 album In Reverse, Time Capsule: The Best of Matthew Sweet collects 16 of his best-loved songs and two new ones, "Ready" and "So Far." Not surprisingly, the anthology spends the most time with his strongest albums, especially his breakthrough, Girlfriend. A full four songs — "Divine Intervention," "I've Been Waiting," "Girlfriend," and "You Don't Love Me" — come from that 1991 classic, but Altered Beast, 100% Fun, Blue Sky on Mars, and even In Reverse are well represented with songs like "Time Capsule," "Sick of Myself," "We're the Same," "Where You Get Love," and "What Matters." Sweet's vibrant, vulnerable take on power pop revitalized the genre in the '90s, and this collection of his work still sounds completely fresh and enjoyable.

Customer Reviews

luftbalooner

This is an incredible showcase of a master talent. It gives a nice niddle career retrospective. While nothing on here is as raw as some of Sweet's earlier works, the recording quality of these songs is far superior. Occasionaly falling into the J. Mascis muted fog style of recording the majority of this disc is bright and a sterling examaple of the fine guitar work of this underrated artist. I think this might be the last of my cassette purchases, afine end to the 80's and 90's. It is nice to have this collection as a download, especially since most of Matthew's latest work with (ex-Bangle) Susanna Hoffs contains poorly rendered covers of some twenty or so drippy 60/70's retreads.

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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