I have been a long time Matthew Sweet fan, his CD Girlfriend is one of my all time favorites, so when I saw The Thorns CD at Best Buy for $9.99, I said "why not?" and picked it up.
The initial listen revealed pleasant and harmonic songs, not easy listening, per se, but easy enough to pop in to the car stereo and go for a drive and not feel the need to turn the music down to talk to people. It was pleasant and I want to say unobtrusive, which is not a bad thing at all.
I put the cd away for a while and recently returned to it, and I swear it's like an entirely new CD, the songs I was comofrtable listening to before have now taken on depth and weight, and really to prove to be great music. After initially listening to them, and then not listening to them for a few months, I can't forgive that lapse! If you are a fan of any of these guys, or looking for the latter day Crosby Stills & Nash, give the Thorns a try, you won't be disappointed!