The Sweet Hurt: The Pleasure of Pain

The Sweet Hurt

As if being part of musical ventures that have been described by your humble narrator as “both pleasantly avant-garde and accessibly chic” (Obi Best) and “the most perfectly progressive act of the decade” (The Bird and the Bee) wasn’t enough, Wendy Wang’s musical splendor doesn’t stop there. Those of you who have indulged in the brilliance of Obi Best and The Bird and the Bee, wondering if Ms. Wang’s genius musicality ever transcends the world of intergalactic lounge pop, should look to her solo moniker, The Sweet Hurt, which is far more in line with the singer/songwriter genre than anything that could be described as “the background music for an Alphaville-themed cocktail party on Pluto.” Ms. Wang’s solo work can be found on The Sweet Hurt’s three EPs, 2004’s self-titled release, 2006’s Everyday Mistakes, and 2008’s In the Shade of Dreams, the latter two of which should be in the collection of every music geek in the country. The sounds found on the three EPs ranges from playfully epic to introspectively somber. At times she sounds like Aimee Mann with an added dash of sass and at times like a mentally stable Liz Phair. – Izzy Cihak