His next couple of albums sort of repeated the steady Girlfriend formula; then Sweet calmed down and stopped trying to cater to uninterested parties. His newest, In Reverse, bounces off the Spector "wall of sound" and marks him as the hunter in a surfing safari. It's go-getting reverence toward one's influences without the urge to impress, stagnate or pander as the High Llamas and the Olivia Tremor Control sometimes do. Sweet's not back on top of the college charts, but those Girlfriend students are all grown up now, anyway -- married women who remember some really bad Sweet shows. If you'd like to see a studio hermit try to clean up his act onstage, have at it. But realize that it's just because everybody has to tour to stay afloat, even those dragged out of bed like Brian Wilson.
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