Under the Covers, Vol. 2

Under the Covers, Vol. 2

by Matthew Sweet, Susanna HoffsMatthew Sweet


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A sequel to Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs' 2007 stroll through the '60s was perhaps inevitable, at least as inevitable as the decision to devote Under the Covers, Vol. 2 to the super sounds of the '70s. Sweet and Hoffs tend to pick '70s songs that are a bit more familiar than their '60s selections, never digging out a Me Decade equivalent of Marmalade's "I See the Rain" or the Zombies' "Care of Cell #44," but instead punctuating AM pop hits and FM rock staples like "Sugar Magnolia," "Second Hand News," "All the Young Dudes," "You're So Vain," "I've Seen All Good People," and "Maggie May" with power pop by the Raspberries ("Go All the Way"), Big Star ("Back of a Car"), and Todd Rundgren, who has no less than two songs from Something/Anything? featured here. The influence of that 1972 double LP can be heard in the similarly homespun production of Under the Covers, Vol. 2 but where Rundgren was open-ended, Sweet neatly ties up every loose end with the care of a pop fetishist, making sure all the harmonies and guitar licks are in place, never adding any untasteful elements. Sometimes, everything is a little bit too pat and pretty -- particularly on "Sugar Magnolia," whose processed guitars sparkle too brightly -- but the duo's enduring, endearing love for this music is evident, sometimes infectious, and, at its best, throws out some surprises, like Susanna's soulful reading of "Maggie May."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663113068
catalogNumber: 31130
Rank: 22826

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew Sweet   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tabla,Ukulele,Vocals,Mellotron,Electric Harpsichord,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Susanna Hoffs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar
Steve Howe   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Ric Menck   Drums
Dhani Harrison   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Evan Peters   Hand Clapping
Natalie Byrd   Piano
Peter Phillips   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Eric Carmen   Composer
Alex Chilton   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Susanna Hoffs   Producer,Audio Production
John Lennon   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Chris Squire   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
Matthew Sweet   Engineer,Audio Production
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Mike Campbell   Composer
Wally Bryson   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Andy Hummel   Composer
Martin Quittenton   Composer
Ed Fotheringham   Illustrations
Evan Peters   Engineer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Karrie Stouffer   Artwork

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