Modern Art, by Matthew Sweet

On his first album since 2008, Sweet employs vinyl in the mastering process to sweeten the sound—a sign of his '60s-pop infatuation. Fans of Girlfriend-era Sweet may wish that this record rocked more; others may find its introspection a sign of growth. "Late Nights with the Power Pop" shambles through a cheeky false start to affirm Sweet's love for the genre, while the title cut's kaleidoscope of piano, organ, distant strings and vocal panning evokes late-'60s psychedelia.

Louis R. Carlozo

Louis R. Carlozo is a music producer in Chicago.

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