PERFORMER: MATTHEW SWEET
ALBUM: ALTERED BEAST
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...