Sweeter (2011) You know that part in this pop-soul smoothie's songs where the verse launches skyward into the chorus, DeGraw makes that I'm-pounding-these-piano-keys-so-hard! face, and a bajillion… 2011-09-20 Gavin DeGraw Pop Rock RCA
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Sweeter (2011)

Gavin DeGraw | BITTER 'SWEETER'? DeGraw's fourth album is equal parts soaring anthems and boy-done-wrong blues.
BITTER 'SWEETER'? DeGraw's fourth album is equal parts soaring anthems and boy-done-wrong blues.
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 20, 2011; Lead Performance: Gavin DeGraw; Genres: Pop, Rock; Production: RCA

You know that part in this pop-soul smoothie's songs where the verse launches skyward into the chorus, DeGraw makes that I'm-pounding-these-piano-keys-so-hard! face, and a bajillion turtle doves explode from a rooftop somewhere? Well, there's a half-dozen good ones on his fourth full-length Sweeter (check the title track). Too bad the other half's weighed down by painfully mopey, girl-done-left-me blues. ''Everybody hurts,'' DeGraw sighs. Dude, you're telling us? B-

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Originally posted Aug 31, 2011 Published in issue #1171-1172 Sep 09, 2011 Order article reprints