As original members in good standing of the Paisley Underground music scene, The Bangles have always been appreciated for their love of the 60’s jangle pop. With origins that date back to 1980, the band has had more than three decades to hone their craft … and they have.
Sweetheart of the Sun, produced by power-pop master Matthew Sweet, is a very mature album for the ladies and is closer to All Over the Place than Different Light. I don’t hear any radio-friendly singles here, with possible exception of opener “Anne Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun) or closer “Open My Eyes” (a cover of Nazz). However, that doesn’t mean this is an album to be dismissed. It’s laid back California pop – quiet at times, a little less quiet at others. In all, it’s balanced and tight. The band sounds great and front woman Susanna Hoff’s vocals are aging well. She still sounds as sweet and as innocent as she ever has.
This is a welcome addition to their discography and a very enjoyable listenl