MATTHeW SWeeT

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To­mor­row For­ever HON­eY­COMB Hide­OUT 8/10 Gui­tar-pop mae­stro’s re­turn to form The tril­ogy of al­bums that Matthew Sweet re­leased be­tween 1991 and 1995 – Girl­friend, Altered Beast, 100% Fun – rep­re­sent not just his own artis­tic peak, but ar­guably one of the pin­na­cles of pow­er­pop it­self. To­mor­row For­ever – Sweet’s first al­bum in six years – finds him, in the af­ter­math of per­sonal crises, re-ex­plor­ing the aes­thetic of those records. “Trick”, with its hard-panned gui­tars and Young/Ver­laine-style so­los, ex­am­ines our post-truth world: “I felt the new earth was mov­ing/I took it un­der my stride,” sings Sweet in a voice al­most un­changed since the early ’90s. Else­where, there are storm­ing rock­ers (“Pretty Please”) and stately, fevered bal­lads. “Mu­sic For Love”, mean­while, con­denses Sweet’s philoso­phies into one joy­ous sin­ga­long.

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