By the time that Lookout! Records thoughtfully rescued Sweet Baby's sole album, 1989's It's a Girl!, from its barely released limbo, the band no longer existed. As a kind of mop-up action, the label released the 40-track Hello Again compilation. The first half of the album consists of Sweet Baby's 1988 demo tape, which is even more exciting than the slightly more polished versions of the songs on the album and also features a lot of previously unknown but equally swell tunes like the opening "Andorra." This is followed by a less essential but rather charming stretch of solo acoustic demos by Sweet Baby's two singer/songwriters, Dallas Denery and Matt Buenrestro; although the bubble-punk snap of the full-band tunes is obviously lacking, these tunes reveal that the two were solid enough songwriters that songs like the goofy, Jonathan Richman-like "Let's All Go to Europe" didn't necessarily need the full group in order to shine. The back half of the CD is devoted to Denery's post-Sweet Baby punk-pop trio Brent's TV, which has a similarly high-spirited take on punk-pop, this time with a bit more of a retro '60s feel. Buenrestro's contributions are missed, but tunes like the bracing, Monkees-like "Standing in Line" and the sweet "Superwoman" are entirely charming. Live tracks are also included.
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason