Album review: THE SWEET – Sweetlife

Angel Air [Released 07.04.13]

Continuing the excellent series of latter day Sweet re-issues Angel Air now present the band’s 2002 album ‘Sweetlife’. The line-up then featured sole original member Andy Scott joined by drummer Bruce Bisland (who is still in the band to this day), vocalist/bassist Jeff Brown  and keyboards player Steve Grant, who also helped in writing and production.

You can know if it has the Sweet name on it it will be good and this is album has some real gems. Pick of the bunch has to be ‘Leap Of Faith’, a big ballad with those trademark high pitched harmonies the band does so well. The title track harks back to the ‘Love Is Like Oxygen’ album in feel and sound, whilst ‘Do It All Over Again’ was a hit in Germany and you can see why, a glorious tune full of vocal harmonies and Andy Scott’s guitar solos.

‘Neon Psychedelia’ is not great and the final track ‘Sweetlife Overunderture’ throws in the proverbial musical kitchen sink with strings, percussion and synths.The sort of music that would make a good intro tape to their live show.

Another enjoyable Sweet album, successfully mixing their 70′s sound with a more melodic rock direction, making this album one for music fans who may think of the Sweet only as a glam rock band (and more fool them!). ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

 



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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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