Living Things (2004) The power-pop maestro's ninth solo studio affair resembles an overstuffed scrapbook more than it does a coherent album. Though Matthew Sweet's Dagwood-like approach to stacking… 2004-09-07 Matthew Sweet
Music Review

Living Things (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; Lead Performance: Matthew Sweet

The power-pop maestro's ninth solo studio affair resembles an overstuffed scrapbook more than it does a coherent album. Though Matthew Sweet's Dagwood-like approach to stacking vocals occasionally still thrills (''You're Not Sorry''), nothing on Living Things approaches the sublimity of 2003's previously Japan-only release Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu (which arrives Stateside on Oct. 19). Instead, the songs are obscured by excessive noodling reminiscent of a jam band. Nobody wants to hear steel drums on a Matthew Sweet record. Except maybe Jimmy Buffett.

Originally posted Oct 22, 2004 Published in issue #789 Oct 22, 2004 Order article reprints