Black Swan - Athlete
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the British indie rock band was produced by Tom Rothrock.
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  1. While armfuls of musicians can sing songs and sound entirely forced, insincere and phony, Potts is blessed in that every word he sings sounds authentic, honest and direct. In a musical landscape chock full of Auto-Tune and feigned emotion, a disc like this is certainly something to champion.
  2. Wisely though, they've seen this as a time to consolidate, not experiment or wander off on the tangents which have undermined them in the past.
  3. Black Swan is a definite sign of progress, though, and the band would do well to follow its path on future releases.
  4. Ultimately, this smoke-and-mirrors approach will not do. The smoke is too smoky, the mirrors too reflective of too much else out there at the moment.
  5. This is music for a Hollyoaks montage, or for waving mobile phones in the air to at V festival. It's hard to love.
  6. The band's experimental side (the side that made them good) has suffered, as if "Wires" was the new blueprint on how to write successful songs.
  7. The closest this popportunistic foursome comes to satisfying songsmithery is "The Getaway," whose title is sound advice for potential buyers of this album.

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