Athlete - Black Swan (CD)

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    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Alternative
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Black Swan
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    0602527103976
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Universal International
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    0602527103976
    Previews
    Alternative Press (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he familiar, surging alt-rock-lite of 'The Getaway' should be a Bic-flicker's delight....Athlete's balancing act ends up a guilty pleasure..."
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Superhuman Touch
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Awkward Goodbye, The
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Magical Mistakes
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Rubik's Cube
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] [cd-rom Track] [multimedia]
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Getaway, The
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Black Swan Song
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Don't Hold Your Breath
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Love Come Rescue
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Light The Way
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Unknown, The
    Country
    South Africa
    Genre
    2
    Release Date
    29 September 2009
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Superhuman Touch
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Getaway, The
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Black Swan Song
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Don't Hold Your Breath
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Love Come Rescue
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Light the Way
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Unknown, The
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Awkward Goodbye, The
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Magical Mistakes
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Rubik's Cube
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] [CD-Rom Track] [Multimedia]
    Notes

    Personnel: Joel Pott (vocals, guitar); Stella Page, Prabjote Osahn (violin); Amanda Drummond (viola); Rhian Porter (cello); Tim Wanstall (keyboards); Stephen C. Roberts (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Brauer.
    Recording information: Metropolis; Sunset Sound, Embassy, LA; The Neighbourhood, London.
    Perhaps it's no coincidence that "Wires," Athlete's highest-charting single to date, is also one of their more subdued tunes. Since the release of Vehicles & Animals in 2003, the group has been universally compared to Coldplay, another British band with a penchant for soaring, supersized pop songs. By occasionally turning down the volume and settling into a soft-spoken groove, however, Athlete have been able to carve out their own space in the pop landscape. Accordingly, the best track on Athlete's fourth album is "Love Come Rescue," an acoustic ballad that, like "Wires," sounds significantly quieter than the songs surrounding it. Sparse and haunting, it's a reminder of the raw talent that exists beneath the band's swirling guitar riffs and effects pedals. Black Swan still concerns itself with anthems -- there are many of them here, and most are more than four-minutes long -- but the track list is broken up by the occasional ballad, and the tracks that do pump up the volume do so with a nuanced, mature approach. Black Swan is a sign of progress, and the band would do well to follow its path on future releases. ~ Andrew Leahey

    Distributor
    n/a
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Performer
    Athlete
    Producer
    Tom Rothrock
    Artists
    1. Athlete
    Duration
    44m 13s
    Engineer
    Paul Wilkinson; Athlete; Mike Tarantino

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