This is sad for two reasons. One, the obvious - Matthew Sweet looks terrible. He's my age, and in the last 5 years seems to have gained 100 pounds, maybe more. Matthew, please get help before you kill yourself. The contrast with Hoffs, who is older, has had kids, and is still as adorable as ever, does not help.
But I said there were two reasons this is sad - and the other is that when I heard that Hoffs and Sweet were going to be releasing an album of covers, I was psyched. They know a lot of tunes between them. The Bangles started as a Paisley Underground band. But what came out, was a bunch of obvious covers that for the life of me I can't imagine why anyone would prefer to the originals. The kicker is when Sweet describes the Left Banke song "She May Call You Up Tonight" as "obscure". People, if I have written about it, it's not obscure.