Matthew Sweet

Playlist: The Very Best of Matthew Sweet

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Sony/Legacy’s 2011 compilation Playlist: The Very Best of Matthew Sweet has a couple of relative rarities -- a demo of “Time Capsule” is included instead of the single, there’s a live “Don’t Cry No Tears” -- and a few staples are MIA (notably “Divine Intervention”), but noticing these absences amounts to nitpicking a very fine hits collection. All of Sweet’s biggest hits -- “I’ve Been Waiting,” “Girlfriend,” “Sick of Myself,” “Where You Get Love,” “Evangeline,” “We’re the Same” -- are here, snappily sequenced and providing some pure power pop thrills. Its predecessor, 2000’s Time Capsule, runs longer and contains some songs that should have been here, but anybody looking for Sweet’s basics will not be disappointed by this fine comp.

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