Athlete - Black Swan (CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Alternative
Number of Items
Black Swan
Country of Origin
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..."
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Superhuman Touch
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Rubik's Cube
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] [cd-rom Track] [multimedia]
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Getaway, The
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Black Swan Song
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Don't Hold Your Breath
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Love Come Rescue
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Light The Way
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Unknown, The
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Awkward Goodbye, The
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Magical Mistakes
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]
Pop / Rock
Release Date
29 September 2009

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

44m 13s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Tom Rothrock
  1. Athlete
Date Released
2009-08-01 00:00:00
Paul Wilkinson; Athlete; Mike Tarantino
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