As Greg Kot and I gear up for this weekend’s airing of our favorite episode of Sound Opinions all year—the annual Best-Of Recap—here is part one of my look at my Top 30 albums, starting from the bottom and working toward No. 1.
Today: numbers 30 to 21.
30. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, Under the Covers, Vol. 3 (Shout Factory!)
Collaborating as Sid and Susie in 2006 and again in 2009 to produce the first two volumes of Under the Covers, the results were pleasant but not revelatory examples of the tribute genre. This time, however, power-pop maestros Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet pay homage to groups that were their peers in the ’80s, making for the most fun and illuminating set they’ve given us.