Blue Sky on Mars

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Blue Sky on Mars
Blue Sky on Mars (Matthew Sweet album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Matthew Sweet
Released March 25, 1997
Recorded October 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 36:29
Label Zoo Entertainment
Producer Brendan O'Brien, Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet chronology
100% Fun
Blue Sky on Mars
In Reverse
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Blue Sky on Mars is the sixth album by alternative rock musician Matthew Sweet. It was released on Zoo Entertainment in 1997.


The cover of the album features an image by Viking 1, the first spacecraft to land on Mars; the album's liner notes include additional imagery of the planet's landscape as taken by the spacecraft on July 20, 1976. The text on the cover was done by fantastic artist, Roger Dean, best known for his work on album covers for bands such as Yes.[3] The album's title comes from the tour in the film, Total Recall.


The album was met with little commercial success, but favorable reviews. Critic Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a "B", writing that it "matched his usual sugary melodies to denser production, hinting at everything from the Beach Boys to '80s new wave", and adding that "[Sweet's] power pop still has the knack".[4] AV Club wrote that the album contained "nice, sugary three-minute pop singles that instantly lodge themselves in your cranium", adding that it is "a slight but worthy addition to his terrific catalog".[5]


The song "Hollow" was featured in the film The Game, and "Come to California" was featured in the film Nancy Drew.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matthew Sweet.

  1. "Come to California" - 3:31
  2. "Back to You" - 3:10
  3. "Where You Get Love" - 3:35
  4. "Hollow" - 4:03
  5. "Behind the Smile" - 2:23
  6. "Until You Break" - 4:50
  7. "Over It" - 1:37
  8. "Heaven and Earth" - 2:32
  9. "All Over My Head" - 3:04
  10. "Into Your Drug" - 2:39
  11. "Make Believe" - 1:50
  12. "Missing Time" - 3:15
  13. "If It's Happening You'll Know"* - 3:10
  14. "Close Inside"* - 4:32
  15. "Final Hour"* - 3:37
  • Tracks 13-15 appear as bonus tracks on the Japanese version.


  • Matthew Sweet – vocals, bass, guitar, synthesizer, theremin
  • Brendan O'Brien – piano, mellotron, guitar, synthesizer, electric harpsichord, drums
  • Stuart Johnson – drums
  • Ric Menck – drums
  • Tony Marsico - Bass

Production notes:

  • Brendan O'Brien – mixing, producer
  • Matthew Sweet – producer, arranger
  • Nick DiDia – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • David Schiffman – recording technician
  • Caram Costanzo – second engineer
  • Martyn Dean – design
  • Jeff Bender – photography