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Audio Mixer: Jim Scott .Recording information: Lolina Green Studios.Photographers: Rebecca Wilson; Claire Thomas.The second album to spring from the Bangles' 21st century reunion, Sweetheart of the Sun finds the band working without Michael Steele, who left the lineup soon after Doll Revolution's 2003 release and is replaced here by Derrick Anderson. The lineup may be different, but the band's sound is the same, with Susanna Hoffs and the Petersen sisters continuing to harmonize their way through a mix of power pop, adult contemporary, and sun-kissed rock & roll. ~ Andrew Leahey


1. Annalee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)
2. Lay Yourself Down
3. Under A Cloud
4. I Will Never Be Through With You
5. Through Your Eyes
6. Ball & Chain
7. One Of Two
8. What A Life
9. Mesmerized
10. Circles In The Sky
11. Sweet And Tender Romance
12. Open My Eyes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Waterfront Records
  • ASIN: B005D1IFXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Robinson on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you are a music listener who loves pop, I highly recommend The Bangles new cd Sweetheart Of The Sun. The sound is warm and organic with The Bangles sharing production credit with Matthew Sweet.

The cd is a well balanced mix of rockers, ballads and folky type numbers drenched in the Bangles gorgeous harmonies and hooks a mile wide.

The title track is one of the catchiest songs The Bangles have ever recorded, with a tremendous guitar riff and excellent percussion work. I'll Never Be Through With You is a great ballad that is begging to be a hit. Ball N Chain is a driving song sung by Debbi Peterson that has clever kiss off lyrics. The Bangles also do two covers on this record that blow away the originals, Sweet And Tender Romance and Open My Eyes.

Pop music seems to have lost respect but The Bangles made a career of jangly guitars, gorgeous harmonies and the luxury of having three talented vocalists. Sweetheart Of The Sun is a fine addition to their catalog and I recommend it highly to anyone who loves pop n roll that The Bangles effortlessly harness on their new cd. Kenneth Robinson
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Karen Shoop on October 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
As someone who has listened and felt personal connection to the Bangles since the early 1980's, knew that at heart they are a garage band who equally honor folk, and who was dismayed as I watched their music being "guided" by over-production, once they met success, into something that many knew they had never intended or desired, I feel very gratified by this album. I recommend at least three repeated listens at first, to grasp its richness and depth.

All their influences are on parade, and the listener can revel in what really sounds like they are playing for themselves and anyone else who shares their love of 60's and early 70's folk, garage and powerpop. Their self-production, assisted by Matthew Sweet, highlights what has always been their sound at live shows -- Vicki Peterson's hard driving, clear guitar leads on the rockier numbers, chiming Rickenbacker work from Hoffs, and Debbi Peterson's clean and crisp drumming style. Vicki Peterson's lead chops are always muscular and distinctive on the Bangles' rockier numbers and her work does not disappoint,and her acoustic work is fine as well. She is one of our most-underrated musicians. Despite the presence of the Bangles influences, however, this album is not merely some self-indulgent paean-to-the-past retread. All members have synthesized their influences over the years into their writing processes and the result are warm, witty and mature songs that stand up to anything else being written by their peers.

The vocals, as always, as superb, and it is awesome having not one, not two, not three but FOUR cuts on which the Peterson sisters and Hoffs share lead vocals in harmony. I would happily listen to an entire album of such work acapella, because they simply do it so distinctively and no one can top them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2011
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This album was a delight from beginning to end. I liked EVERY song, which is rare for me and a Bangles album (though I usually like a high percentage of them). Some of these songs will remind you of their previous work; some may remind you of other bands (a Who-like guitar riff opens one track). At the same time, there is good originality, particularly in the lyrics. And the three-part harmonies are GORGEOUS - better than they were in the 80s. I was very pleased with this album and look forward to listening all the way through again, SOON.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Birdland on October 26, 2011
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I was looking forward to another album by The Bangles but I was disappointed. Although, this album is not as good, in my opinion, as their earlier albums such as Different Light, the real problem is how compressed and clipped this album is. The Loudness War is alive and well and apparently either The Bangles do not care about the quality of their music or the recording industry is out to completely destroy music. All of the songs on this album are compressed and everything is in your face. There are no subtleties. Every instrument is at the same loudness. This is not normal and very fatiguing. If record companies and artists want to put out highly compressed music, I think they should include a Dynamic Range rating for the album, for each song would be even better. This way I will not waste my money on highly compressed and clipped crap like this. I think that if this album was not as compressed as it is, the album would sound much better than it does and would be more appealing.

I try to stay away from "remastered" reissues because of the highly compressed nature of most of them. Now, I will have to be more careful of new releases as well. This album is compressed even more than most of the 'remasters'. If you want to know what the Loudness War is all about, just type 'loudness war' or 'turn me up' into Google. Yes, initially 'remastered' albums sound better because all of the details are in the forefront. However, once you've listened to a compressed song or album multiple times, you notice that it is a very artificial and fatiguing sound.

For those who care, the Dynamic Range values using DR meter for this album are:

7, 7, 5, 6, 8, 8, 5, 8, 7, 7, 8, 5

For a crude comparison, here are the DR values for the original CD issue (NOT THE REMASTER) of Different Light:

13, 12, 14, 13, 14, 13, 12, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12

Higher values mean that there is more dynamic range in the song and more information.
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