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4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B000000990
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At the time, people were rather disappointed by this album (if I recall correctly, Rolling Stone even gave it the piddly rating of 2 stars, showing how much they usually know about good music). Everyone expected a straight sequel to "Girlfriend," not a morbid collection of songs about lost love, the loss of faith, and death.
Guess what?
In nearly every way, this is a far superior album to "Girlfriend," especially in terms of songwriting. "Devil With The Green Eyes" and "What Do *You* Know?" are bitter attacks on a (former) loved one, while "The Ugly Truth" and "Falling" deal more directly with the question of faith, or the lack thereof. And then there's "Someone To Pull The Trigger," an unnerving plea for destruction which ranks among the best songs Sweet has ever recorded.
Not all the songs are that impressive, but even lesser songs like "Knowing People" have their moments and pull you along from song to song. Finally, though, there's "Evergreen:" "In every love there is a promise/so baby don't you cry/There's no difference/Between the earth and the sky/there's no reason/we have to die."
On a personal note: I bought this CD the day it was released and rushed home expecting to hear "Girlfriend Jr." I didn't get it, of course, but it ended up growing on me. As I got older and went through some rough times, I often turned to this album in moments of despair and it got me through. I can't express how powerfully emotional it is for me, but I do think it ought to be in any essential music collection. It may not be easy listening, but when was art ever easy?
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O.K. here's the deal, I don't know how many people I turned on to Girlfriend when it came out, but it mushroomed into a lot of people. Everybody loved the same thing: the awesome coupling of a great pop hook with psycho guitar work. I guess it simply came down to the quality of the songwriting, but it also seemed "seminal" at the time, and still does. This, however, is a different animal altogether, and it's all the more better for it. Altered Beast is a complete work, best enjoyed as a whole than divided up into pieces. Themes revolve around "Faith" and one's perception of one's self in the world. Musically, it's brutal when it needs to be, and gentle when it needs to be. Plus, the last 7 tracks are absolutely essential, and how many discs can you say that about? And most people are still wishing for a redux of Girlfriend......
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I first started listening to Matthew Sweet in the summer of 1993. It was the summer between 9th and 10th grade. I would stay up late every Sunday night and watch 120 minutes on MTV, when the used to play vidoes.

They would play my two favorite songs that summer , "Cherub Rock (smashing pumpkins)", and "Time Capsule (matthew sweet)".

I worked a crapy part-time job making 4.25 an hour. I only worked 8 hours a week. A soon as got my first paycheck, which was only 27 dollars, I walked to the mall and bought "Altered Beast", and "Simease Dream" on cassette. That took all my money because cassettes in 1993 were 11.99. I played it until I wore it out. When I finally got my Cd player for christmas that year, those were the first two Cds I bought.

This Cd is still great 13 years later.

1. Dinosaur Act - great opening track, it shows that Matthew can rock pretty good.

2. Devil With Green Eyes - It's one of my favorite songs on the Cd. It's one his more mellow songs.

3. The Ugly Truth - this the mellow version of this single

4. Time Capsule - One my favorite songs on this CD. It's was his second single on this record. Do you remember the video ? It's just him laying in a grass field with bugs and worms crawling on him.

5. Someone to Pull the Trigger - Hands down the best song on this CD. It's mellow and rocking at the same time.

6. Knowing People - It's kind of an anthem that he doesn't want to become famous. He really never did. A great song.

7. Life without You - your basic slow Matthew Sweet love song. It's an alright song.

8. Intro - It's excerpts from the movie "Caligula". "He's a God Now"

9. Ugly Truth Rock - The single version. This was the first single from this record.
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Here's a tricky question for you. Say that you happen to be Mr. Matthew Sweet, and you have just made an album called "Girlfriend." That album is so good that there are actually round table disscusions held in the music industry that vainly try to decipher why this is one of the best albums ever made. Such claims about "Girlfriend" are not made in vain, and on top of all the accolades, you have now become somewhat of a household name. So now that you're in this compromising artistic situation, what are you, as Matthew Sweet, possibly going to do next? Retire from music forever? I guess that is feasable. Turn your next album into "Girfriend II?" Maybe the Mtv crowd would like that, but it is not an appealing proposition. The solution to all this drama is to make an album called "Altered Beast." Good move, Matthew: not only is it a great album, it deftly stands up to, and in some ways surpasses the towering monolith you created with "Girlfriend". When "Altered Beast" first appeared I was an absolute Matthew Sweet fanatic, and this album is largely responsible for my admiration of the artist. To me, this is one of those albums, much like Nirvana's "Nevermind," Guided by Voices' "Bee Thousand," or Supergrass' "I Should Coco," that instantly transports me back to a memorable period in my life. Admittedly, much of what I was doing at that time was driving around and incessantly listening to "Altered Beast." But the album had so deeply lodged itself in my psyche that I will think of it fondly for the rest of my life.Read more ›
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