1. New York Groove
SWEET doing a covers album? It all came about because ANDY SCOTT was pragmatic about how any new album of original material would be received in today’s youth orientated airplay market. Andy’s son Damian gave birth to the idea of the album and thereby solving the dilemma of how to do a new studio record, without actually doing new songs.
Ideas came thick and fast and the band decided to perform “Join Together” on a major German TV show and got a massive reaction. As Andy said, “We knew we were onto something”. The band elected to take the idea a stage further, and come up with an album of covers. But done in a Sweet style. “We felt we should Sweetify the songs-you see, we even came up with our own verb to describe what we did!”
Andy said “I am pleased we got the chance to show people what we are capable of doing. The vocals harmonies we can do with this current line-up are actually reminiscent of what we did in our classic era”.
ANDY SCOTT, PETE LINCOLN, TONY O’HORA, BRUCE BISLAND
The track listing here on this release is the same as on New York Connection, but with the inclusion of a few bonus tracks. The cover of Electric Frankenstein's "It's All Moving Faster" is listed as a 'PDQ Mix', but it's still a frantic take on this mini punk classic, while a live take of Dead or Alive's '80s new wave/pop/disco hit "You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)" still kills with its wealth of heavy metal guitars and vocal wailing.
Sea Of Tranquility (July 2015)
'New York Groove Plus' knows exactly what it is and that's throwaway fun that'll sure as hell get the party started. What else was Glam ever for?
Fireworks magazine (May 2015)
The New York themed songs, despite there diversity, work brilliantly together...There's so much to enjoy, especially on 'Blitzkrieg Bop', Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane' and Smith/Springsteen's 'Because The Night'.
Vive Le Rock (May 2015)
There's a loose New York theme to the album (which includes three new tracks) with covers of songs either about the city or by NY artists. They run the gamut of styles, but the band manage to sweet-ify them all starting with New York Groove by denim-clad British glamsters Hello, which also skilfully interpolates Jay-Z/Alicia Keys' Empire State Of Mind...
Classic Rock Magazine (May 2015)
The Gold medal award must go to the unbelievable take on Dead Or Alive's smash hit 'You Spin Me Round' - oh yes, right round like a hit record baby, right round, round, round. It will leave your head spinning. They even do a Ramones take one moment with 'Blitzkrieg Bop' before getting you to dance 'On Broadway'.
The three extra tracks now added are a new mix of 'It's All Moving Faster', a live version of 'You Spin Me Round' recorded at the Sweden Rock Festival and an acoustic version of 'New York Groove'.
This album is a pleasant surprise. You'll be having a Ballroom Blitz around your house with this Blockbuster. The only thing I don't like about it is Sweet FA.
metaltalk.net (April 2015)
This is a thumpingly good album right from the kick off. Knowing in this market dominated by Cowell clones, airplay for a new Sweet album aint gonna happen he's astutely 'Sweetified' some classics and come up with a gem. 'New York Groove', 'Because The Night' 'Join Together' are just some of the highlights. And yes all the 'classic' Sweet ingredients are there, the layered harmonies, sawing guitar riffs and driving drum beats that made them such a great band...I hope this release brings them new fans who will discover what a seminal band they are.
ninebattles.com (April 2015)
No album with NY-inspired songs would be complete without a composition by Lou Reed / The Velvet Underground, and it's the almighty Andy Scott himself who takes over on main vocals for a scorching 'Sweet Jane'!
As for that other New Yaawk institution, The Ramones (oh how we love them!) the choice of song is 'Blitzkrieg Bop', for which drummer Bruce Bisland takes on the lead vocals. Cheekily, the SWEET throw in the famous riff from 'Ballroom Blitz' amidst the Bop, and the whole shebang rolls across punchy and pacey. Twang!
Music-News (April 2015)
This is a full release of the 2012 album previously available directly from the band and this version adds three bonus songs...Fans will like this for the choice of covers and it may even win them a few new fans for the more mainstream tunes they have given the Sweet treatment to.
Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (March 2015)