's third album is a remarkable artistic breakthrough. Grounded in the guitar pop of the Beatles
, Big Star
, and Neil Young
melds all of Sweet
's influences into one majestic, wrenching sound that encompasses both the gentle country-rock of "Winona" and the winding guitars of the title track and "Divine Intervention." Sweet
's music might have recognizable roots, but Girlfriend
never sounds derivative; thanks to his exceptional songwriting, the album is a fresh, original interpretation of a classic sound.