Desolation Boulevard Review

artist: Sweet date: 06/11/2014 category: compact discs
Sweet: Desolation Boulevard
Release Date: 1974
Genre: Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Pop/Rock
Label: Capitol
Number Of Tracks: 10
Sweet hit the peak of their powers on "Desolation Boulevard," a wonderfully lightweight collection of fizzy melodies and big, dumb hooks.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 9.3
Desolation Boulevard Reviewed by: N3WW4V3N1NJ4, on june 11, 2014
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Sound: 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. // 10

Lyrics: 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. // 9

Overall Impression: 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! // 9

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overall: 8.3
Desolation Boulevard Reviewed by: metallicaPOOS, on february 25, 2008
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Sound: 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. // 9

Lyrics: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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