Sunshine Lies

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Sunshine Lies
Matthew sweet sunshine lies cover.jpg
Studio album by Matthew Sweet
Released August 26, 2008
Recorded Lolina Green Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Label Shout! Factory
Producer Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet chronology
The Pillowcase EP
(2006)The Pillowcase EP2006
Sunshine Lies
Under the Covers, Vol. 2
(2009)Under the Covers, Vol. 22009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Honest Tune Online unfavorable[2]
Paste favorable[3]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[4]

Sunshine Lies is the tenth studio album by the alternative rock musician Matthew Sweet. It was released by Shout! Factory in 2008.[5]


Several of Sweet's regular collaborators play on the album, including Ric Menck (drums), Ivan Julian (guitar), Greg Leisz (guitar / pedal steel guitar) and Richard Lloyd (guitar). Susanna Hoffs and Lisa Sweet (Sweet's wife) provide backing vocals on the title track. The album was recorded and mixed by Sweet.

Previews of the album had been available on Sweet's MySpace page with the title "Rock Bottom",[6] although Sweet has said that the preview was put there by his manager and that he never had any intention of releasing the album with that title.


The album had little commercial success, but favorable reviews. The review aggregating website Metacritic reports a normalized score of 71% based on 13 reviews.[7] Sunshine Lies was released on CD, download and 2-LP vinyl.[8] The vinyl set has four bonus tracks, while the iTunes download version has six bonus tracks (four of which also appear on the vinyl version).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Sweet.

No. Title Length
1. "Time Machine" 3:40
2. "Room to Rock" 3:42
3. "Byrdgirl" 3:18
4. "Flying" 4:22
5. "Feel Fear" 3:44
6. "Let's Love" 3:57
7. "Sunshine Lies" 3:21
8. "Pleasure Is Mine" 4:48
9. "Daisychain" 3:14
10. "Sunrise Eyes" 4:22
11. "Around You Now" 4:04
12. "Burn Through Love" 3:08
13. "Back of My Mind" 5:07