- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2006

Lately I’ve been trying to expose myself to some of the - how to put it? - lesser gods of ‘60s rock. And along come Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs (formerly of the Bangles, yes, but please don’t stop reading) with a lively volume of cover tunes from an era when popular music had a staggeringly deep bench.

Sure, there’s the requisite Beatles and Beach Boys and the Who (“And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Warmth of the Sun” and “The Kids are Alright” respectively), but the pair - they go here by the ‘60s freakonyms Sid and Susie - also serve up comparatively obscure gems such as the Marmalade’s “I See the Rain,” Love’s “Alone Again Or” and “She May Call You Up Tonight” by “baroque and roll” greats the Left Banke.

It’s been suggested that John Lennon’s “Yer Blues,” with its acerbic, dripping-with-irony vocal snarl, was actually a parody of how heavy and plodding English rock was becoming. And with the exception of a stab at Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” (Television legend Richard Lloyd adds many notes to Young’s unimprovable one-note solo), Sweet and Hoffs’ “Under the Covers” collection certainly favors the kind of lush, vocally-centered rock that Lennon was, perhaps, seeking to uphold.

In any case, whether you’re a graying fan of the golden decade or a youngish follower of Sweet and Hoffs, the disc is well worth checking out.

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