by Gavin DeGraw


If Sweeter, Gavin DeGraw's fourth album, proves anything, it's that producer Ryan Tedder has some warmth buried somewhere within his icy soul. Tedder doesn't produce all of Sweeter -- Butch Walker, Eric Ivan Rosse, Andrew Frampton, and Ron Aniello are also on board -- but he does co-write two cuts here, as does Frampton, marking the first time DeGraw has collaborated with another writer. It's not much, just four songs out of ten, but it's enough to expand and freshen his bearded blue-eyed soul, making it feel not quite so studiously stodgy. DeGraw still has a habit of packing too many words into his phrases and then singing them too strenuously, and his sparser moments can seem skeletal, but these collaborators add colors to a formula that was beginning to get bleached out. DeGraw could stand to be livelier and not as insistent -- he never misses an opportunity to underscore his point and has a tendency to succumb to gratingly silly novelties, as on "Candy" -- but Sweeter benefits from greater textures in his surroundings, stronger hooks in the melodies, and, for once, a sensibility that doesn't sacrifice the present for the sake of paying respect to the past.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2011
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886975608324
catalogNumber: 756083

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gavin DeGraw   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Ron Aniello   Guitar
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Eric Ivan Rosse   Keyboards
Butch Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bruce Watson   Guitar
Stacy Jones   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Noel Zancanella   Keyboards
Ryan Tedder   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Fran Capitanelli   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Chris Unck   Background Vocals
Dan Chase   Keyboards
Jake Sinclair   Bass,Background Vocals
Jerrod Bettis   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Ron Aniello   Producer,Engineer
David Hall   Engineer
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Eric Ivan Rosse   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Butch Walker   Programming,Producer
Howard Willing   Bass Engineer,Drum Engineering,Piano Engineer
Sergio Chavez   Engineer
Noel Zancanella   Programming,Producer
Andrew Frampton   Composer,Producer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Gavin DeGraw   Composer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eddie Jackson   Engineer
Dan Chase   Programming
Jake Sinclair   Engineer
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Chris Reynolds   Engineer
Jerrod Bettis   Producer
Heart   grooming

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Sweeter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LyricsOnPostcards More than 1 year ago
Every song on this CD is a warrants applause. The musical ballads flow easily and I find myself listening over and over again. I have always loved Gavin's emotionally charged, romantic and sensitive lyrics.... this album does not disappoint! I find the sound on this album a bit more stylized than his preceding albums. I am a fan of singer/songwriters such as Maroon 5, One Republic, Lifehouse, John Mayer, & most definitely Gavin DeGraw. Give this album a listen.
kevincorcoranjr More than 1 year ago
this album is definitely one that will make you smile. Perfect music to play during an early morning run or shower... it'll definitely get you in a great mood! Sounds a bit like OneRepublic mixed with Train and some hints of Michael Buble tossed in - a beautiful mix. do yourself a favor and put this CD on next time you wake up, and get ready to have a great day! :)