Under The Covers Vol. 2 - Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Working out of his home studio, Sweet--joined by drummer Ric Menck and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz--nails every sonic nuance, buried under cumulous clouds of glorious boy/girl harmonies.
  2. The result is a skilled and, if you like extremely faithful covers, enjoyable set.
  3. Some might fit a little too perfectly, so close to the originals that there doesn’t seem to be much point. But they best serve as reminders about what was so great about them to begin with.
  4. 60
    It's a strangely stilted approach on songs. [Sep 2009, p.92]
  5. The influence of that 1972 double LP can be heard in the similarly homespun production of Under the Covers, Vol. 2 but where Rundgren was open-ended, Sweet neatly ties up every loose end with the care of a pop fetishist, making sure all the harmonies and guitar licks are in place, never adding any untasteful elements.
  6. It's not essential, but it is a sunny delight. [Oct 2009, p.117]
  7. If Vol. 2 feels oddly rote, it'll still be interesting to hear how the pair might tackle the music of their actual contemporaries should they move into the '80s and '90s on subsequent outings.
  8. Sweet and Hoffs’s pedigree separates this covers comp from the chaff, which is why people like Lindsey Buckingham guest on their inspired version of Fleetwood Mac’s 'Second Hand News' and George Harrison’s kid, Dhani, on their take on 'Beware Of Darkness.'
  9. It finds the duo moving ahead one decade, though very little else in their repertoire has changed.
  10. As for the album as a whole, Sweet and Hoffs are consummate professionals and they dutifully bring their best; however, they have yet to answer the question of why one should listen to their versions instead of the originals.
  11. 40
    Aside from sime sly gender-bending and lovable kitsch, there just isn't much interpretive room to roam. [Aug 2009, p.105]
  12. Every “new” power-pop tune produced in the last 30 years is already a practical cover of these songs, so producing actual covers of them is redundant.
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  1. Apr 2, 2011
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