In Reverse

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This article is about the Matthew Sweet album. For the Passenger single, see In Reverse (song).
In Reverse
Studio album by Matthew Sweet
Released October 12, 1999
Recorded May - June 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 55:26
Label Volcano Records
Producer Matthew Sweet, Greg Leisz, Fred Maher, Jim Scott
Matthew Sweet chronology
Blue Sky on Mars
In Reverse
Time Capsule: Best of 90/00
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [3]

In Reverse is the seventh album by alternative rock musician Matthew Sweet. It was released on Volcano Entertainment in 1999.


The upside-down cover of the album features an oil painting by artist Margaret Keane, and the liner notes are in reverse.[3]


The album was met with little commercial success, but with very favorable reviews. Rolling Stone wrote that the "songs are such perfect little valentines that the production just brings them larger to life".[4] Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A-, noting the "intriguing side trips into forests of thick guitar chords".[4] CMJ wrote that the songs "transcend museum-quality affectation and exude a multitude of bittersweet charms.".[4] Critic Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club wrote that In Reverse "finds [Sweet] once again at his best", adding that "its 14 tracks are uniformly strong, with muscular rockers ("Split Personality," "Write Your Own Song") competing for attention with smooth, lush, sugary fare ("If Time Permits," the knockout ballads "Trade Places" and "Worse To Live").[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine, of Allmusic, praised the record's "cavernous reverb", and wrote that "this rich music is a personal interpretation of lush chamber pop and psychedelia, giving a musical counterpart for lovely melancholy songs of heartbreak and disillusion".[1] Jerry McCulley of wrote, "Epic in scope and harmonically intoxicating," adding, "this is an album by an artist measuring the distance between his reach and his grasp, his good sense and self-indulgence, his confidence growing with every back-to-the future track."[6]


The song, "Faith in You", was featured in the film, Drive Me Crazy. For the 10-minute closing song, "Thunderstorm", Sweet combined three bass guitar lines, and other selections, such as "If Time Permits", hint of sound/song reversal as implied in the album's title.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matthew Sweet.

  1. "Millennium Blues" - 2:52
  2. "If Time Permits" - 3:03
  3. "Beware My Love" - 3:51
  4. "Faith in You" - 3:32
  5. "Hide" - 4:02
  6. "Future Shock" - 3:22
  7. "Split Personality" - 4:19
  8. "I Should Never Have Let You Know" - 2:48
  9. "Trade Places" - 2:57
  10. "What Matters" - 4:13
  11. "Write Your Own Song" - 3:03
  12. "Worse to Live" - 5:04
  13. "Untitled" - 2:43
  14. "Thunderstorm" - 9:37

Bonus tracks[edit]


  • Matthew Sweet - vocals, guitar, bass, organ, synthesizer, percussion
  • Bruce Fowler - trombone
  • Walt Fowler - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Rick Cunha - acoustic guitar
  • Jim Keltner - drums
  • Victor Bisetti - percussion
  • Don Heffington - percussion
  • Carol Kaye - bass
  • Greg Kurstin - piano, organ, harpsichord
  • Greg Leisz - guitar, pedal steel
  • Fred Maher - drums, percussion
  • Tony Marsico - acoustic bass
  • Ric Menck - drums, percussion
  • Jamie Muhoberac - organ, piano
  • Paul Chastain - acoustic guitar
  • John Ginty - organ, piano, harpsichord
  • Brian Kehew - organ, piano, harpsichord
  • Pamelia Kurstin - theremin