Friday, August 29, 2008

Matthew Sweet in concert: it's all about the songs

Matthew Sweet is seen here in concert, and having his photo taken with me backstage at the Coach House after the show.

After catching Matthew Sweet's concert at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday night, Aug. 27, I'm not necessarily sure the show would have pleased everybody.

Admittedly, Sweet and his band were a bit rusty in tackling arrangements of some of the material, and at times Sweet seemed to taking care to not tax his voice since so much of the material on his latest album finds him singing at the top of his vocal register.

But did I love the show? You bet. Kicking things off with the psychedelic rock of "Time Machine," his 75-minute set featured most of the songs from his newly-issued "Sunshine Lies" album released by Shout! Factory the day before he played at the Coach House.

Before kicking off "Byrdgirl," his third song of the night, he noted the show felt like a rehearsal. And as a music writer who has witnessed more slick Vegas-styled concerts than I'll ever be able to count, the loose and rollicking Matthew Sweet show was a refreshing change. Highlights for me were the aforementioned "Byrdgirl" (my favorite track on the new album), hard-charging "Flying," Cheap Trick-mining "Let's Love" and dreamy "Daisychain."

After the show I had the opportunity to meet Matthew Sweet for the first time and he couldn't have been nicer. We chatted for 10 minutes or so and he really seems excited about his new album, and the next "Under the Covers" project he is working on with one-time Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs and that should be out next year.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I wish like Hell I could've been there! Have you got any more pictures?