Saturday, September 13, 2008

The little indie rocker who could

Here's another album whose release totally slipped under my radar a few weeks ago. It's the umpteenth release from Matthew Sweet, a man I affectionately refer to as the little indie rocker who could. Although he had his five seconds in the spotlight back in the early 90's and then again, but less so, a few years with his co-release of Under the Covers, Vol. 1 with Susanna Hoffs, Sweet really has been working hard for some twenty-five years gaining fewer accolades than he deserves. He keeps marching on though, pumping out that heavily layered jangly pop rock guitar work that is trademark Sweet.

His latest album, Sunshine Lies, is no exception. It starts off with Time Machine, and listening to the rest of the album, you'll feel that it's just that, an album that pulls you back to all of the solid work that he's produced on his own over the years. It's easy to take for granted what Sweet's been doing with his guitar for years, but this album will remind you why he's got such staying power despite the disappearance of mainstream success that he once possessed.

UPDATE: Here's a link to check out a live clip of Sweet performing Byrdgirl from this new album courtesy of

Visit his website, his label Shout! Factory, and become his friend on MySpace.


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