Sweetzerland Manifesto

Joe Perry

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Sweetzerland Manifesto Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Joe Perry invited a bevy of friends to help him make Sweetzerland Manifesto, a rough and heavy collection of rockers with a blues edge. David Johansen and Terry Reid stop by for three tracks apiece, while Robin Zander sings "Aye, Aye, Aye," which leaves just one song sung by Perry: a cover of P.F. Sloan's "Eve of Destruction," which was popularized by Barry McGuire. Generally, the Johansen songs are harder than the Reid tunes, but the former New York Doll does get to sing the spacy "I Wanna Roll." That said, the overall effect of Sweetzerland Manifesto is heavy, thick, and murky: Perry lays down some good leads and riffs, but listening to it from beginning to end is a bit of a slog.

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