Rock-'N'-Roll Animal

PERFORMER: MATTHEW SWEET

ALBUM: ALTERED BEAST

LABEL: ZOO

THE BOTTOM LINE: By wedding his winsome melodies to solid rock, Sweet sticks to a winning formula.

All rockers have a touch of the devil in them. Some bare their demons flagrantly, others let their horns peek out from under a halo of good intentions. Matthew Sweet, who likes to mix bad-boy guitar licks with well- mannered melodies, belongs among the latter. As a lyricist, Sweet writes about girls and God with the same confessional zeal, seemingly torn between hardened skepticism and the promise of faith and romantic redemption. Yet despite his doubts...

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