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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Over three albums the trio Varnaline has recalled everyone from Hüsker Dü and Son Volt to Neil Young, with and without the monolithic Crazy Horse. With Sweet Life, though, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Anders Parker an... more »
Over three albums the trio Varnaline has recalled everyone from Hüsker Dü and Son Volt to Neil Young, with and without the monolithic Crazy Horse. With Sweet Life, though, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Anders Parker and his mates hit their stride with not only their most fully realized effort but also one of the most striking rock releases of 1998. A gorgeous sprawl of downbeat, acoustic-tinged rock, Sweet Life constantly pierces the skin. (Mark Lanegan fans, take note.) The stammering "Now You're Dirt" seethes with the emotion drawn from a son trying to make amends with his dead father; "Northern Lights" lilts with pedal steel and wondrous, stargazing imagery; and the album-closing title track swells with a fusion of chamber music and splashy, bone-crushing rhythms. The sweet life, that song might suggest, is both a state of catharsis and hauntedness. Ditto for this collection. --Neal Weiss
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The best lp of 98 reminds us of the majesty of rock'nroll
Michael Toland | 02/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An absolutely masterful and mature step into the big leagues by the best indie band in America. Previously the sole domain of Anders Parker the band,now includding his brother John on bass ex-Space Needle kit man Jud Ebhar is a force to be reckoned with. From the Big Star echoing lead track to the pure pop bliss this is a band on the cusp of greatness. Fans of Neil Young,The Band etc. most definately must check out. Also, judging on the tour they did w/ Bob Mould one of the best live bands I've seen in a while."
The best album ever.......period.
Michael Toland | 09/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the one album I always come back to when I am tired of everything and everyone. It is a beautiful piece of art and it has made me cry more than once. In a good way, though."
Unjustly underrated rockers
Michael Toland | Austin, TX USA | 05/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Why Varnaline has yet to find at least minor success is beyond me. Anders Parker's songs are excellent, the sound (a nice mix of acoustic 12-string and electric guitars, nimble rhythm section, augmented by just the right amount of strings and keys) is lush without being at all wimpy, they can rock out or play sensitively as needed, and this album, their fourth, just gets better with every listen. Recommended."