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Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend

Intervention Records  IR-SCD12

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


Matthew Sweet


Matthew Sweet's essential 1991 power-pop tour-de-force gets its high-res due on Intervention's Expanded Edition release. In addition to including the original CD release's 15 tracks, this hybrid CD/SACD includes three demo tracks not included on the original release- "Good Friend," "Superdeformed" and "Teenage Female."

15 of the 18 tracks on this 2x LP Expanded Edition are mastered Direct-to-DSD from the Original Master Tapes by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. The last three tracks are Matthew Sweet's own demo DAT recordings and therefore mastered to DSD from digital files from the DAT masters. Intervention's amazing new Girlfriend is presented with maximum bass and dynamics. There are big, fat guitar tones and controlled but very expressive bass and a massive soundstage. Girlfriend is not only a 90's classic but an amazingly pure and simply tremendous rock recording!

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Comment by Downunderman - March 14, 2021 (1 of 1)

Tone lowering 'bonus' tracks aside this a good SACD, but comes with qualifications.

Whilst I have no doubt that the original master tapes were used, it is pertinent to note that when the album was first issued on CD in 1991 it was given a SPARS code of 'ADD'. Meaning that the album was mixed digitally. This has consequences for how the album sounds.

It is very clean sounding, a little on the thin side and a bit antiseptic as a result. That said it is still a very good sounding SACD, given it's provenance, and the best sounding digital version of this great title that I have heard. Ryan K. Smith did the remaster and it sounds to be a pretty flat DSD transfer from the master tapes, sound staging is good and instruments well separated. Meaning that the at times quite intricate mix is on full auditory display.

So very good within its limitations and well worth getting. Just don't expect it to sound like 100% fun.