Sound — 10
Sweet are an early glam rock group, who somehow are only remembered by the average American music listener as the guys who did the song "Ballroom Blitz." That's quite a shame, as they not only had a few other hits and a lot more good songs, but they were a huge influence on one of the most inescapable musical styles of the 1980s, glam metal. seeing as glam metal has made a comeback in recent years, I feel it's time for the Sweet to be re-discovered. The best way I can describe the sound of this band is: imagine a bubblegum pop group, but on a load of steroids. These guys sound equal parts pop and rock, they are both and at the same time they are something greater than the sum.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on most of the songs featured on the U.S. release of "Desolation Boulevard" are a bit weird, sometimes rather creepy and only about half the songs on the album sound they would belong together, which is probably due to the fact that in the U.S. release, this album was a literal mashup of two Sweet records only released internationally. Why this was done, I have absolutely no clue, but regardless of that, there really just isn't a single bad song on here. All the songs are either extremely catchy or otherwise grab your attention, in a way that simply makes you want to hear them again soon after the CD has finished playing.
Overall Impression — 9
This is an essential album to hear if you are a) a fan of glam rock and glam metal b) researching Glam rock and glam metal c) looking to start your own modern day glam rock or glam metal band or d) looking for some fun music your friends don't already know about. If you do not at this moment fall into any one or more of the categories listed above, you don't need to hear this, but you might still want to check it out at a somewhat later date, but regardless of anything, you can't deny that this is a band and an album, far better than they/it are remembered as being. The best news of all is that Sweet are reunited and touring again!