Sunshine Lies (Shout! Factory)
Sweet's forays into California-rock harmonies with the Thorns and '60s cover tunes with Susanna Hoffs were impressive, to be sure, but also confining. By contrast, the swirling Sunshine Lies radiates plenty of diversity, attitude and charm-whether channeling the Beach Boys, the Byrds and the Beatles or R.E.M., Cheap Trick and Foo Fighters.
In addition to lead and harmony vocals, Sweet handles guitar, bass, keys and Mellotron, and he's backed by a quartet of veteran musicians. Together they play with the conviction of a garage band with everything left to prove.