Review by Darren Gawle
Teaming up with Brazilian chanteuse Yva Las Vegas was a shrewd move, ensuring that Sweet 75 won't be cursed to be known as "that guy from Nirvana's band" the way Foo Fighters were at first; Sweet 75 is as much Yva's band as it is Novoselic's, and it sounds like it. But the novelty value of a couple of songs sung in Spanish can't disguise the generally amateurish quality of the songwriting. Though Yva is probably contending with English being (probably) her third language, you get the impression that the lyrics wouldn't be any good in their original Portuguese or Spanish, either. Take the the chorus of "Ode to Dolly," for example: "I don't have big hair / And I don't have a country dress to wear / But I'm going to buy one." What's your point, Yva?
Ultimately, Sweet 75 sounds like any number of sub-standard local bands that will never get signed, and just because Krist Novoselic used to play for the most important band of the 1990's doesn't mean that Sweet 75 is any more worthy.
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