Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet continues to carry the torch for the exquisite power pop sound defined by bands like the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, and others.
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After spending the '80s as an up and coming jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK, Lloyd Cole, the Golden Palominos and in his own band, Buzz of Delight, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional songcraft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young. Sweet's third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter.

  

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