Inside (Matthew Sweet album)

Inside is the debut album by alternative rock musician Matthew Sweet.[6][7] It was released on Columbia Records in 1986.[8][9] Sweet was dropped from the label after the album's release, and would not put out another record for three years.[10]

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Studio album by
GenreAlternative rock
LabelColumbia Records
ProducerMatthew Sweet, David Kahne, François Kevorkian, Stephen Hague, Ron Saint Germain, Don Dixon, Dave Allen, Alan Tarney[1]
Matthew Sweet chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[5]


The album was recorded in multiple studios with a large number of producers and musicians, including Bernie Worrell, Chris Stamey, Scott Litt, Don Dixon, and Aimee Mann, among others.[11]

Critical receptionEdit

Trouser Press called the album "a bit like R.E.M. and early dB’s doing sincere power-pop with keyboards."[11] The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that the songs "come across like the snappy work of a brainy Tommy James."[4] The Spin Alternative Record Guide called Inside "notable only because it features ten different producers, none of whom have a clue what to do with Sweet's music."[5] The Chicago Reader called it "tuneful and pleasant but ... sunk by the electropop, machine-driven production Sweet was pursuing."[12]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Matthew Sweet; except where indicated

  1. "Quiet Her"
  2. "Blue Fools"
  3. "We Lose Another Day" (Sweet, Pal Shazar)
  4. "Catch Your Breath"
  5. "Half Asleep"
  6. "This Above All"
  7. "Save Time for Me" (Sweet, Jules Shear)
  8. "By Herself" (Sweet, Adele Bertei)
  9. "Brotherhood" (Sweet, Pal Shazar)
  10. "Love I Trusted"
  11. "Watch You Walking" (Sweet, Pal Shazar)


  1. ^ a b MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 1115.
  2. ^ Inside at AllMusic
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 7: MUZE. p. 879.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 687.
  5. ^ a b Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 391.
  6. ^ "Matthew Sweet | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Cover the Eighties". The New Yorker.
  8. ^ "Matthew Sweet's got a thing for felines". The San Francisco Examiner. January 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "Matthew Sweet". MTV News.
  10. ^ The Rough Guide to Rock (2nd ed.). Rough Guides Ltd. 1999. p. 978.
  11. ^ a b "Matthew Sweet". Trouser Press. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  12. ^ Wyman, Bill. "Divine Intervention: How they made Matthew sound so sweet". Chicago Reader.