Dressed Up For The Letdown

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  • Summary: This is the second or third album (depending on how you keep score) for the Oregon-by-way-of-Los Angeles singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. If Richard Swift isn't on your radar yet, time to adjust the antenna.
  2. Swift makes good on his promise with 10 soulful new songs loaded with heart and smarts.
  3. 80
    Vividly of-the-moment, rich in melody and wry optimism. [Mar 2007, p.104]
  4. Swift's merry melodies and uninhibited sensitivity draw equally on the immaculate piano pop of Carole King's Tapestry and the strummy self-awareness of Jackson Browne's early Asylum Records releases, but it's his noticeable theatricality that sets him apart.
  5. 70
    Swift is likely to turn some more heads with this one. [Mar 2007, p.101]
  6. While "Dressed Up For The Letdown" is a classy, clever record, it is not one you can imagine yourself revisiting that often.
  7. At root, the gritty, back-to-the-garage drive of these pop tunes adds a layer of grease that makes them stick. [Apr 2007, p.58]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BrettC
    Mar 15, 2007
    10
    A top ten record for 2007 for sure. Great album.
  2. HowardJ
    Feb 23, 2007
    10
    Quite possibly the best record of 2007.
  3. ChristopherG
    Mar 21, 2007
    8
    Nicely melodic, a Randy Newman-like vocal style (I think), Brian Wilsony piano....a winner...worth taking a chance on if you are into melody Nicely melodic, a Randy Newman-like vocal style (I think), Brian Wilsony piano....a winner...worth taking a chance on if you are into melody and nice pop/rock songs. Definately recommended. Expand