Sound — 9
This album was released in 1975 on Capitol records in the United States. The American version of this album is much different than the British version, but contains better songs. The Sweet before this record were only know to people in America from their Bubble Gum Pop songs like 'Little Willy' and 'Co-co'. But with this album they started to take command over their song writing and wrote some more heavier songs. Although there isn't anything spectacular about this record sound-wise, the sweet were never known for their exceptional musical talent, but their great song hooks and sing a longs. They pretty much became a new band with more confidence after this record with a cooler, more enjoyable rock n roll sound.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on this record aren't amazing, but they fit the catchy guitar riffs and simplistic bass and drums. All of the songs have anthem like choruses that often focus on themes like partying and girls. All songs have typical lyrics however, the song "The 6-teens" stands out and is the most well written song on the album. It tells the story of certain teenage couples that love each other despite the obstacles in the way. Other than that particular song, the lyrics are great in a sense that they are really fun and are about enjoyable subjects.
Overall Impression — 8
This is by far the Sweet's best album. It is somewhat a greatest hits record, as it features many songs form previous recordings, but it showcases their talent and musical ability. It was their attempt at taking a heavier, more rock n roll approach to their music, and they succeeded. Desolation Boulevard influenced many artists to come, especially in the '80s, and it and will continue to influence artists because of its catchy songs and rockin riffs.