The Trouble With Sweeney

Play Karen and Others

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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson

The Trouble With Sweeney's indie folk ways shaped into a storybook of love on the Play Karen and Others EP. From the jilted easy-pop opener "Karen" to the countrified banjo-driven "Lovers Gets Results," the Trouble With Sweeney captures sweet emotion. Joey Sweeney is an uncanny mix of Paul Westerberg and Elliott Smith, equally inspired by disappointments, heartbreaks, and the mending process. It's surely loud and clear on the Trouble With Sweeney's rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York." Gentleness strains, but Play Karen and Others isn't a sad tale; it's a brash combination of traditional guitar and percussion layered over the band's impeccable instrumentation. It's a beloved batch of work.

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