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Matthew Sweet

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Of the significant bands and artists to emerge in the '90s, Lincoln, Nebraska-born Sweet is the odd man out. During a decade when cynicism, overstatement, and mean-spiritedness ruled, Sweet found...

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Of the significant bands and artists to emerge in the '90s, Lincoln, Nebraska-born Sweet is the odd man out. During a decade when cynicism, overstatement, and mean-spiritedness ruled, Sweet found a sizable audience by expressing himself with unselfconsciousness, subtlety, penetrating honesty and the sheer joy of constructing something cool.

While so many of his contemporaries disdained rock & roll's past, Sweet has deftly channeled it, picking up where his inspirations from previous decades had left off. A sophisticated aural architect, Sweet absorbed the work of '60s rock's three "Bs"-the Beach Boys, Beatles and Byrds, along with '70s avatars Neil Young and Big Star-with such a deep understanding of the spirit as well as the craft behind the music of the old masters that he was able to use these timeless palates in a fresh, highly personal way.

Sweet is that rare artist who seems directly and intimately knowable through his work, causing his audience to feel a close bond with him-to put them on what they think of as a first-name basis. Sunshine Lies gives the artist and his fans a reason to get reacquainted, while also providing uninitiated music lovers with a perfect introduction to an altogether captivating body of work from an artist who remains as vital as ever.