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Kimi Ga Suki Raifu

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Dead Smile
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Morning Song
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The Ocean In Between
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I Love You
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I Don't Want To Know Warning
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Warning
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Spiral
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Love Is Gone
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Hear This
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Wait
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Tonight We Ride
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Through Your Eyes
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Untitled
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 39:44

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Fighting for this one

badtz-mari

These are great songs by Matthew Sweet. I like the raw sound and I like to play it loud. Consequently, I have to fight to keep it on at work but it's worth it.

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Another Masterpiece

mintchip21

Matthew is the real King of Pop. This album contains some of his greatest songs and for me ranks near Girlfriend as one of his best (and I'm a big fan of all his work).

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"Girlfriend" Quality

johnnybgoode

Best CD since Girlfriend, which make sense because it was pulled togther without over-analysis (one of Sweet's commmon faults since Girlfriend, in my humble opinion). The music sounds immediate and raw, and the songs are of exceptional quality. "the Ocean In Between" sends shivers down my spine, its that good. the guitar solo on it blows me away every time i hear it. love this cd.

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Made me happier

EddyMcWords

Cheer up music is right. This is the first Matthew Sweet album I've ever listened to, other than the singles that got played on the radio. I know, to all you hipsters, I'm a lam-o. I don't even deserve my giant Headphones. Still, after a shitty day this album made me feel a lot better. The problem with albums this fun and this upbeat is that their listenabilty may drop off, specifically when you're not in the mood to be cheered up. With this in mind, at least on first listen, I'm gonna give it 5 stars. That's right, 5!!!

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(Wow!) Becoming the Master Song Crafter

sublime

Matthew Sweet is a great pick for a comfort artist; his songs will quickly feel like home. They stick with you, not diminishing over the years. The only question I have: Will he ever end a song with a nice, resolute ending? (It's too late to start now!)

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Sweet stuff - not sickly...

Baz

Ok. so I'm not a total Matthew Sweet afficianado, but I own Girlfriend & Blue Sky on Mars & on the latter only liking his stronger more uplifting material like "Where You Get Love" - cuz when Sweet gets too melancholy it's almost sickly sweet and depressingly self indulgent of him. That's why I like many of the tracks on this album - including "Hear This", "I Don't Want To Know Warning", & "Ocean In Between" as highlights. Nice to hear Matthew living up to a smile now and then, I was afraid he was going to turn into Aimee Mann there for a second ;-)

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Pure Pop for Now People

DutchJazz

For nearly 2 decades now, Matthew Sweet keeps turning out these lovely (power) pop albums. This Japan-only album from 2003 is another gem. Thankfully it is generally available now. One note: stay clear from track 13, it is only 5 seconds long and contains precisely nothing at all (silence).

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Being “Big in Japan” has been a pop music in-joke for years, but few artists have paid as direct a tribute to the country as Matthew Sweet does with his 2003 album, Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu. Released only in Japan, the album is, as Sweet puts in his brief liner notes, dedicated “in gratitude for the many years of love and support you’ve sent my way.” This is no collection of leftovers and B-sides: it is a collection of 12 brand-new songs, written and recorded specifically for this album, with all composition and tracking occurring over one week in January 2002. This makes it unusual in several different ways. First, few artists record an album intended for a specific territory, especially an artist with a cult following as large as Sweet’s. Second, Sweet’s last two albums — 1997′s Blue Sky on Mars and 1999′s In Reverse — were both overthought (the first to its detriment, the second to its benefit), so it’s good to hear him throw out the demoing stage and cut it while it’s hot. Third, this record is an unofficial reunion of the Girlfriend-era lineup, featuring Velvet Crush drummer Ric Menck, guitarist Richard Lloyd, and guitarist Greg Leisz, which is something Sweet fans have been waiting nearly a decade to hear. While this is by no means the equal of Girlfriend — which, after all, was a special record born from a special set of circumstances — it’s still an excellent modern guitar pop album, filled with great hooks and harmonies and irresistible ringing six-strings. What makes it work so well is the constrictions Sweet placed upon himself; by forcing himself to write and record the record in a compressed timespan, he had to rely on his purest skills, letting his music breathe naturally. This doesn’t mean that the production is bare-bones, because it’s layered with sweet harmonies and guitars, but it does mean that it flows easily and organically, feeling livelier than anything he’s done in a decade. That feel, combined with a strong set of songs — songs that are tight, concise, and never overthought, even when they veer into psychedelia or slow down for a ballad — make this one of his snappiest, sharpest albums. Its craft becomes more apparent after each spin, yet it retains its fresh feel, which is a difficult thing to pull off. There are no plans for a U.S. release of Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu, which is too bad in one sense, since this is Sweet at his best, but it’s likely he never would have made a record quite this good if he didn’t follow his Japan-only guidelines. As such, it’s something that fans will have to see — they’ll be very, very glad they did. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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