Off the Record [BMG International]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After the international success of the self-produced "Fox on the Run," Sweet broke away from songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman in an attempt to shake their "pop puppets" and took a stab at conquering the hard rock album market. Sadly, a lot of their post-hit singles period output lacked the tight songwriting and hooks that made them famous, and this problem is in evidence on Off the Record. The band's musical approach seems schizophrenic on this album: Songs like "Windy City" and "Live for Today" attempt a tough sound built on gritty lyrics and heavy guitar riffs, but this approach is undone by the overt slickness of the production, which tarts everything up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After the international success of the self-produced "Fox on the Run," Sweet broke away from songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman in an attempt to shake their "pop puppets" and took a stab at conquering the hard rock album market. Sadly, a lot of their post-hit singles period output lacked the tight songwriting and hooks that made them famous, and this problem is in evidence on Off the Record. The band's musical approach seems schizophrenic on this album: Songs like "Windy City" and "Live for Today" attempt a tough sound built on gritty lyrics and heavy guitar riffs, but this approach is undone by the overt slickness of the production, which tarts everything up with Queen-style harmonies and thickly layered synthesizers that would feel more at home on a prog rock album. There is also an awkward attempt in creating a dance music track in "Funk It Up," which starts with a ham-fisted attempt at a funk rock groove and devolves into a series of repetitive disco-style chants. Despite this confused approach, some solid songs occasionally shine through: "Fever of Love" is a likable rocker built on an effective blend of guitars and synthesizers that sports a catchy chorus worthy of their hits, and "Midnight to Daylight" is a stomping rocker that sports heavy riffs worthy of Black Sabbath. However, moments like these are few and far between on Off the Record, making this an album that's only really suited to Sweet completists. [The album was reissued first in 1999, but Sony's 2005 version is the definitive Record, offering unreleased demos, alternate takes, and even a cocky "Disco Mix" of "Funk It Up."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828766706420
  • Catalog Number: 667064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fever of Love (4:02)
  2. 2 Lost Angels (4:04)
  3. 3 Midnight to Daylight (3:32)
  4. 4 Windy City (7:29)
  5. 5 Live for Today (3:23)
  6. 6 She Gimme Lovin' (4:04)
  7. 7 Laura Lee (4:17)
  8. 8 Hard Times (4:01)
  9. 9 Funk It Up (3:35)
  10. 10 A Distinct Lack of Ancient (4:07)
  11. 11 Funk It Up (5:28)
  12. 12 Stairway to the Stars (3:03)
  13. 13 Why Don't You Do It to Me (3:14)
  14. 14 Midnight to Daylight (4:10)
  15. 15 Lost Angels (3:46)
  16. 16 She Gimme Lovin' (4:07)
  17. 17 Hard Times (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sweet Primary Artist
Brian Connolly Vocals, Group Member
Steve Priest Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Andy Scott Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Mick Tucker Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Sweet Composer
Louie Austin Engineer
Brian Connolly Composer
Steve Priest Composer
Nick Ryan Engineer
Andy Scott Composer, Liner Notes
Mick Tucker Composer
Norman Goodman Concept
Terry Pastor Artwork
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