Sweet Apple
The Golden Age of Glitter


3.0
good

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
July 8th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 04/08/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A little bit fruity

As we all know, music criticism has many different avenues and perspectives. It’s not all just about the sounds you hear. We also include context, history, potential and other elements that can be difficult to quantify.

Upon hearing snatches of tracks from Sweet Apple’s second LP The Golden Age of Glitter, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re listening to the latest sun-drenched and well-dressed ‘alt rock’ (in the magazine sense) band.

But…{Morpheus}What if I told you…{/Morpheus} that Sweet Apple also contain not only J Mascis but Mark Lanegan as well? Lanegan's isn't this record's lead vocalist though. The majority of duties rest with Dave Petkovic, but Lanegan's contribution is as bone-shaking as usual.

Given that the album’s opener, the shiny and lovingly-presented “Wish You Could Stay (A Little Longer)”, breaks out like some summer radio hit, it makes you wonder whether or not your view has been altered by the knowledge of who’s playing on it.

Of course, that neat little theory is put to bed as soon as Lanegan’s cured-ham-hanging-in-a-dusty-Spanish-bar vocals splinter through. If you can’t identify Lanegan immediately as soon as he pops on any of his various recordings by this point, then maybe music isn’t the thing for you.

My point is, appearances can be very deceiving. As that snooty clubhouse woman said on The Simpsons: “The problem with first impressions is you only get to make one.”

The Golden Age Of Glitter rewards the patient and things become clearer. “Reunion” swings with a rugged swagger. The riff at its foundation is classic Mascis; simple but why didn’t anyone else think of it first? “Boys In Her Fanclub” sticks by the same set of rules. The gritty guitar playing and polished production work well together, and Sweet Apple emerge from the noise sounding like the city’s best bar band.

We hit more familiar territory with “Another Desert Skyline”; a song with a dollop of Lanegan’s well-worn “lone gunslinger” tropes, a catchy rudimentary glam riff and enough bird noises to fill an aviary.

Alas, it does become something of an album of two halves. “Troubled Sleep”, “We Are Ruins” and “You Made a Fool Out Of Me” provide consecutive disappointments, draining away the vibrant, fast-paced energy of the first half. “Mystery Track” draws events to a close in a damp fashion.

The Golden Age Of Glitter then, is a subversive record. Things may not be as they appear at various points throughout, but that’s no reason not to give it a go.




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Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2014


7321 Comments


The first question JViney asks of the Sput is “Does lightning strike twice?”

ExplosiveOranges
July 8th 2014


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are those who make their paragraphs too long, and there are those that make their paragraphs too short. Then, there is JViney.

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 8th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweetass review

SharkTooth
July 8th 2014


6583 Comments


There are those who make their paragraphs too long, and there are those that make their paragraphs too short. Then, there is JViney.[2]

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theblackcredenza
July 8th 2014


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

horrible review.

theblackcredenza
July 8th 2014


16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rating too low

ExcentrifugalForz
July 8th 2014


1876 Comments


i was hoping this was gonna be good

ExcentrifugalForz
July 8th 2014


1876 Comments


but it is not great

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


3398 Comments


Viney you fucker you're the best writer here

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fromtheinside
July 10th 2014


19222 Comments


hahaha no arcade

he's clever

but jesus ppl stop forgetting about rudy

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2014


3398 Comments


might not be the best, easily the most entertaining

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 14th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i forgot to check this out

zakalwe
August 14th 2014


9164 Comments


Rotten Apple inserted up your shitter is preferable to this bilge

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 14th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have you heard? j mascis is on guitar

havent jammed yet but if youve heard this and its shit im way disappointed

zakalwe
August 14th 2014


9164 Comments


I think that's how I heard about it dude, it offers nothing but takes from everything.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 14th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ill prob still love it

just started

zakalwe
August 14th 2014


9164 Comments


Good lad

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 14th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pollard is here holy fuck

zakalwe
August 14th 2014


9164 Comments


It's no boston spaceships bro

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 14th 2014


13465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

havent heard them yet either



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