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Sweet's 1991 power-pop masterpiece full of haunting heartbreak songs and key contributions by Robert Quine, Richard Lloyd and Lloyd Cole. Divine Intervention; I've Been Waiting; Girlfriend , and the rest of the album join three bonus cuts plus a second CD, Goodfriend , featuring home demos, live tracks and more, commercially available for the first time!

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After being dropped from A&M Records thanks to Girlfriend's rough edges, Matthew Sweet might hardly have expected great commercial success when another label brought the album out toward the end of 1991. But an alternative-welcome climate at rock radio stations, along with undeniably great songs and aggressive lead-guitar work by ex-Voidoid Robert Quine and former Television member Richard Lloyd, made the disc an eventual gold-selling hit. Years later, Girlfriend's probe of romance found, lost, and found again continues to sound fresh and daring. --Rickey Wright

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Volcano
  • ASIN: B000FJA9OI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gone were the fanboy sci-fi lyrics of the preceding "Earth" LP, in were words of love, betrayal and seething anger.
hyperbolium
The songs themselves are so good that even when they're stripped down, as they are on the "Goodfriends" tracks, they all still stand up.
Rick Garcia
Then you get to the bonus disc called "Good Friend" which has live and demo versions of the same songs, along with a few choice covers.
J. Sweeney

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Matthew Sweet's 1991 power pop masterpiece just got better with this two-disc 15th anniverasry reissue. In addition to three bonus tracks taken from the Japanese edition of GIRLFRIEND ("Good Friend," "Superdeformed" and "Teenage Female"), there is a second disc entitled GOODFRIEND, that was initially made available only to a handful of retail, radio and record label insiders. This collection of home demos and live tracks is now available commercially for the first time. This bonus disc alone is worth the purchase price.

GOODFRIEND features nine of the fifteen tracks on the original release, including two live renditions of "Girlfriend," one from a BBC 1 broadcast and the other from a Cleveland show. Also included are two covers: a live version of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" and a demo version of John Lennon's "Isolation." The real revelations are the acoustic demos. On these tracks the songs are stripped to their essence. "Divine Intervention" becomes a beautifully melodic song of hope and uncertainty. Without Greg Liesz's pedal steel, Winona" loses its country feel but not its poignancy. And "Looking at the Sun" has a haunting beauty in this stark arrangement. [All the live tracks and demos were recorded after the release of GIRLFRIEND between March and September of 1992.]

I first purchased GIRLFRIEND on cassette when it was released in 1991, and then again a few years later to upgrade to CD. But this Deluxe Edition justifies purchasing it again. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By fatmatt on July 26, 2006
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I was 20 and going to school in Athens, Ga when this album hit and let me tell you, it had a profound influence on my life. The music absolutely rocks and the lyrics cut right to what me and a lot of people around me we're feeling at the time: insecurity about love, life and the "real world" that was looming ahead at the end of our (4,5...6) years of college. Yes, this is college rock epitomized but with an emphasis on ROCK. Sweet is an incredibly gifted songwriter and musician and (although I didn't understand it at the time) had absorbed the Beach Boys, Beatles, Byrds, and Big Star and was on a mission to share those influences with Generation Xers interested in listening to something other than the heavy slog of Seattle grunge.

I didn't get a chance to see Sweet live until 2000 at the Roxy in Atlanta and I honestly have to say it was the best rock and roll show I've ever seen: raw, immediate, viceral (3 guitars!!!).

If you don't own it, buy it (either the Deluxe addition or just the old cheapie) don't download it either--this one's about DYNAMICS, not lame-o compressed MP3 sound. Definitely one of the best albums of the 90's and that's saying tons.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on January 27, 2007
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The original release of Sweet's third album in 1991 laid down a power-pop gauntlet for the decade. His collection of fifteen songs (augmented here to 18 with the addition of tracks featured on various import issues) perfectly balanced his talents and influences in a way its predecessors and successors never managed. Gone were the '80s production excesses of his debut, in was the electric inferno of Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd's guitars. Gone were the fanboy sci-fi lyrics of the preceding "Earth" LP, in were words of love, betrayal and seething anger.

Sweet's singing is nearly spiritual in its sublime expressions of joy and heartbreak. It's the sort of palpable, heart-on-sleeve emotion that marks the best power pop, from The Beatles through Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Teenage Fanclub and others. Sweet's follow-up albums would give in to rock guitar excess, losing the focus and compactness that's allowed "Girlfriend" to retain its original power fifteen years on. Sweet, Lloyd and Velvet Crush drummer Ric Menck open the album with a crushing blow of rhythmic pop, highlighted by Lloyd's dazzling solo atop Sweet's riffing electric guitar and pounding bass. Sweet sings as a lost man, praying for a sign to point the way; the album then rewinds to reveal how he came to this desolate place.

"I've Been Waiting" captures the euphoric first flush of love with a chiming mix of electric and acoustic guitars. The noose is set in "Girlfriend" when Sweet realizes his needs, accompanied by Quine's muscular guitar and Sweet's multi-tracked harmonies. Love's brilliance is blinding in "Looking at the Sun" and belies an underlying fracture that grows into jealousy and neediness with the busy phone line of "Winona" (underlined by Greg Leisz heartbreaking pedal steel).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Snell on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as soon as i found out it existed. Newly remasted, with great liner notes. The second disk is a cool bunch of extras with some live tracks and some alternate versions. Very nice two disk package.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tiny tunes on July 7, 2006
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The only Matthew Sweet album worthy of recognition & here's why; guitars, guitars, guitars. Sure, Matthew Sweet loves the Beatles and his melodies and harmonies prove it, but his later albums seem to suffer from not having Robert Quine or Richard Lloyd on lead guitar--or even Lloyd Cole on rhythm guitar. Not many punk popsters can pull off so much guitar wanking with interest; especially the late Robert Quine who is given plenty of room to speak. When this first came out I thought it was overhyped and not nearly equal to Television's Marquee Moon, or Richard Hell's Blank Generation; all influences Sweet has mentioned. However, 15 years later the album stands the test of time; no Beatles "Revolver" or Big Star's "#1 Record", but the melodies/harmonies work. Guitar workouts worth your attention: "Divine Intervention", "Does She Talk", "Girlfriend", "Evangeline". Pop classic tunes worth saving: "I wanted to tell you".
The extra disc is worth the money only for the demo version of "Divine Intervention." You can hear how Sweet was banking every ounce he ever had in the lyric and guitar playing. Spiritually yearning, his guitar solo at a minute thirty stretches as far as his questioning does God.
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