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CRITIC'S CHOICE

Sweet Water, Saturday, September 30, at the Bluebird Theater, has one of those biographies you've read a million damn times over the past several years: It's a quartet whose members were raised in Seattle, where they hung out with the guys in Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone, listened to a lot of punk albums and participated in the creation of the sound people are still calling grunge. Ho-hum. But what's more interesting to report is that Sweet Water seems to be turning into a pretty entertaining group. Unlike its generic major-label debut, this year's Superfriends (on East West/EEG) sports a handful of memorable, hooky tunes (particularly the single "Superstar") and enough snotty personality to differentiate the act from the approximately 2 million combos with the same history. Miracles can happen.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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