Joe Sweeney

Sweeney, Joe [1]

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Indie musicians seem to have an odd ability to beat pop singer/songwriters at their own game -- without the cloying slickness of major-label solo acts, Joey Sweeney's Heartache Baseball delivers a collection of incredibly earnest and (to use the typical terminology) intensely personal pop gems. Their bare presentation and careful structure allow them to pull heartstrings most crooners can't even touch. It's a solid and remarkably emotional record, with its soft guitar-pop seeming like a sidenote to Sweeney's songwriting work -- and it's a singer/songwriter record so effective it could only have come from the indie community.

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