Matthew Sweet – Earth

ARTIST: Matthew Sweet 220px-Matthew_Sweet_Earth
TITLE: Earth
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I really doubt it
LINEUP: Matthew Sweet, Robert Quine, Chris Stamey, Richard Lloyd, Gary Lucas, Ric Menck, Fred Maher, etc.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from the future power-pop maestro makes some strides in the Girlfriend direction.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sweet’s second album is pleasant enough, for sure. His sense of melody is there, and he uses his voice well in harmonies. He’s got some great musicians working with him, too.

The songs are decent enough. There’s nothing with a great hook or memorable lyrics as his later work. Like I said, it’s pleasant enough but man it needed a song with punch or something – it’s just nice dentist office music.

What’s odd is that there is no drummer credited. There’s programmers (Menck and Maher and Sweet) but no drums. Very 80’s, Matthew.

NOTES & MINUTAE: After this record stiffed, his second record company in three years dropped him, his marriage broke up and there was a flood in his studio. And how was your day.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, we’re lucky this is streaming. His debut is missing.

GRADE: C+- : The 80’s drums and slight songs trouble me a bit, but I’ll keep it around.

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