Sweet recreate their glorious past

on Thursday, 17 October 2013. Posted in News-Archive

Sweet recreate their glorious past
In the span of one year, the guitarist-led Sweet collective served up a covers set, "New York Connection", and follow it with a concert reconstruction of the original ensemble’s seminal album. Released under two titles and with two different artworks, this album reflects the dichotomy of “Boulevard”, which was all new in Europe but comprised only a part of fresh songs in the USA, the rest of it fleshed out with cuts from “Sweet Fanny Adams”, and it’s the American record that’s being reproduced here – with some tweaks and a few quibbles. Its provenance notwithstanding, the LP signaled SWEET’s shift from heavy pop band to serious rock group, and when their current Blighty incarnation storm into “Sweet F.A.”, with powerful abandon and axes blazing, it’s impossible not to recall what the “Fanny Adams” euphemism stands for, although the real emotional surge comes once bassist Pete Lincoln ups the tone for the buleria of “The Six Teens” and chases away the ghost of Brian Connolly. More so, vocal harmonies swirls as infectiously as ever in “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run”, yet for all the classic status of the material it’s obvious the superiority of hits over the album songs, no matter how hard heroic the quartet deliver these, keyboardist Tony O’Hora picking up a second guitar for the likes of “Into The Night” where Scott roars mightily. So the rediscovery sensation is rare here, although in “Set Me Free” and “Restless” the reckless soloing does the trick. For some artists, getting back to their erstwhile glories doesn’t work; for SWEET it does – highlighting the past rather than tarnishing it. Those bases covered, a new album would be more than welcome.

Comments (1)

  • Helen Hall

    31 March 2015 at 20:35 |
    Not sure about "chases away the ghost of Brian Connolly", for me no one else can do his song so well.

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The Sweet epitomised the UK 70s Glam Rock movement with their trademark glitter and glam make-up. The Sweet were also a force to be reckoned with in pure rock music terms too. The Hits stand the test of time and the current line-up with original guitarist Andy Scott still keep the audiences shouting for more!

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