• Record Label: Omnivore
  • Release Date: Jan 15, 2021
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Mojo
    Jan 20, 2021
    80
    Packs ear-worms and dulcet vocal harmonies galore. [Mar 2021, p.86]
  2. Jan 15, 2021
    80
    With Catspaw, Sweet has crafted an album that cuts deep and leaves a strong impression.
  3. Jan 15, 2021
    80
    Catspaw ultimately belies its title and instead achieves multiple tangible goals for Matthew Sweet. He’s fulfilled his lifelong ambition to play lead guitar on one of his own records, further distinguished the ongoing expansion of his discography, and, last but not least, reaffirmed the eternal appeal of the noisy musicality in pure rock and roll.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 15, 2021
    70
    He remains a precise craftsman with a bottomless trove of '60s pop hooks and dreamy melodies, but he upends them with acute-angle riffs and scribbled punctuations. [Feb 2021, p.37]
  5. 50
    Matthew Sweet is a journeyman musician whose impressive resume speaks for itself. On the nearly solo Catspaw though, his insistence on being a one-man-band, seemingly dismissing input for songs and especially production, would benefit from other objective ears.

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