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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B001CF06WE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Room To Rock
3. Byrdgirl
4. Flying
5. Feel Fear
6. Let's Love
7. Sunshine Lies
8. Pleasure Is Mine
9. Daisychain
10. Sunrise Eyes
11. Around You Now
12. Burn Through Love
13. Back Of My Mind

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The triumphant new album from the '90s alternative-rock icon.'3 « stars (out of 4). His gift for melody is straight from a higher power.'-SPIN. In 1991 Matthew Sweet released Girlfriend, an alternative rock milestone, and quickly followed it up with two back-toback classics, Altered Beast and 100% Fun, that cemented his reputation as an elder statesman of indie-rock. Nine years later after his last major solo release and on the heels of side projects with The Thorns and The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, comes his long-awaited comeback album, Sunshine Lies, which hearkens back to the glories of his revered '90s albums.

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"Sunshine Lies is long on the sunny, pop-classicist melodies, straightforward grooves and layered harmonies of his earlier work." -- Rolling Stone, Oct. 2nd 2008

"3.5 stars. His gift for melody is straightfrom a higher power." -- SPIN -- SPIN, August 2008

Customer Reviews

A rock solid return to form for Mr. Sweet.
B. Knight
Kimi is more consistent w/ no duds; Sunshine has a couple of duds (the first two songs oddly enough), but sticks in the mind a bit more.
Jeffrey A. Obrien
The set is all strong, but side two of the vinyl version is brilliant.
Johann Cat

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Sweeney on December 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
As rabid fan of the big 3, I've liked the most recent CDs fine. I liked this one quite a bit too the first weeks I had it. Something happened though, at the GAMH show in SF: Great band + Hot groovy fun, and suddenly I could properly hear Sunshine Lies, even the tracks he didn't play that night. Somehow the key to the puzzle was transmitted to me--by means of feedback, I'm guessing...the mechanism is unclear.

This is an extreme set of songs, seriously over-the-top as both ear candy and lyric sincerity. I think the step required to access Sunshine Lies is awakening the silly 16 year old rocker within, so play it LOUD. Delivering rueful musings of experience wrapped in these shimmery Pet-Sounds-kind of pop gloss produces a dissonance that works for me. Sunshine Lies asserts sweet optimism even after all that young rocker has seen and done, a neat trick.

(I Need A) Room to Rock In is our new house motto. And Back of My Mind is the best album-ender since Party Girl.

Thanks, Matthew!! I needed that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Obrien on October 14, 2008
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This is a superb, but not perfect CD. In the canon of Matthew Sweet - this CD perhaps ranks alongside the solid "Kimi Ga Suki", with the distinction that it rocks a bit more. Kimi is more consistent w/ no duds; Sunshine has a couple of duds (the first two songs oddly enough), but sticks in the mind a bit more. Matthew produced his trilogy of masterpieces (Girlfriend, Altered Beast, 100% fun) after getting divorced, jamming and touring w/ the influential Lloyd Cole (checkout his perfect comeback "The Negatives"), and going "electric" with legends (the late) Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd. I was then shocked by "Blue Sky on Mars" and "In Reverse"; decent albums but not up to the Sweet standard and not really memorable enough tune-wise. Some might say that they were experimental, but so were Beast and 100% Fun; the latter just having better guitars, tunes and songwriting. Then gratefully Kimi marked a grand comeback. "Living Things" is the only Sweet CD I disavow to own.

The gold medal on Sunshine goes to "Let's Love" - great fuzzy guitar, melody and simple lyric twist. The silver goes to "Feal Fear"; haunting and, get this, piano driven. Brydgirl comes in for the bronze, and I hear released as the single (smart). "Burn Through Love" gets honorable mention, and one hopes Matthew explained the double entendre or historical context to wife Lisa. The other five songs on the second half of the disk are also keepers -- they create a great mood. So 1990's Sweet fans -- IMHO, comparing Sweet to Mickey Rourke --- Kimi is Sin City and Sunshine is The Wrestler. Check it out.

Saw Matthew live last night at Webster Hall in NYC. Great concert, great music/sound, great selection of songs. Sweet's voice seemed a little ragged towards the end of this tour... perhaps he should see Bryan Ferry's vocal coach so he can tour into his 60's too ;-). Only disappointment was that he played the old Superdeformed, instead of the new Let's Love, as the closing encore. Why Matthew why?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on October 3, 2008
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Matthew has his own musical path he's following, and you're welcome to come along, and if not, you have to admit he never puts less than 100% of himself into his music. I have albums of his I like better than others, but there's never been one that didn't hook me hard with at least a few songs. I'm pleased he's back after far too long a hiatus. I look forward to seeing him in concert again in San Francisco.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. harris on September 16, 2008
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i'm a fan who understands the importance of trying to pave new ground and not do the same old tired routine. matt, for the most part, decided to blaze his own trail in the early part of the decade with releases like in reverse and living things ( the latter being my least favorite ). now i'm not quite sure if mr. sweet decided to go back to what works or if this was just the next logical step but i can say in all earnestness, i am pleased with the results. i'm not saying this is a perfect album. he still has a way to go before he shakes off the cob webs left sticking to living things, but this is a positive start back in the right direction. as for the production value.. it did leave a bit to be desired, but it wasn't in any way a disaster like his last produced solo effort.
to matt,
i don't know if you scour the net looking for your reviews but if you ever do read this i just want you to know, you're never going to please everybody out there. most fans want girlfriend repackaged over and over again with different titles. i say keep growing. i'd rather hate something you tried that was a little different, than the same tired old act you did in the nineties. if the fans want girlfriend they know where to find it. meanwhile, keep writing those "should be" hits. i know i'll keep buying them. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Knight on December 26, 2008
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A rock solid return to form for Mr. Sweet. I've been a big fan from the beginning. I will admit to being a little disapointed with the last two disc. Sunshine Lies grabbed me instantly with great lyrics, melodies, and numerous heavy guitar riffs. Matthew is in great voice throughout. Sweet's high vocal range is countered again by the tangled, jagged soloing of Richard Loyd and Ivan Julian. I caught the band live 2 weeks ago. Excellent show. The new stuff played well along side the classics. (Ric Menck is the coolist drummer.)

Fall Out Boy? All American Rejects? Etc.. Please. Matthew Sweet is back. Buy this record.
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