There are a lot worse things an act could be accused of than sounding like Crosby, Stills & Nash.
There are a lot worse things an act could be accused of than sounding like Crosby, Stills & Nash. And that's exactly who comes to mind when you press "play" and start digging the Thorns: a semi-supergroup trio comprised of singer/songwriters Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge. Though there are other things going on here (most notably "Thorns," which recalls Prince's "Cream"), three-part harmonies, coupled with a largely acoustic and a very hooky folk-rock sound, are the norm. The best cuts of this well-crafted, 13-track set are the wafer-light "I Can't Remember," the bouncy "Think It Over," and the exceedingly pretty ballad "No Blue Sky." Comparisons can be unfair to an artist, but the fact remains: As good as this record is, it's a case of same game, different league.—AZ