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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. 80
    In his own way, Swift is as vivid a newcomer as Joanna Newsom or early Rufus Wainwright. [Mar 2007, p.84]
  3. 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.
  4. Coming across as the alt-rock Randy Newman has its perils, but Swift justifies and even makes palatable such a classification. [#16, p.94]
  5. 70
    Hypnotic and strangely thrilling. [Feb 2007, p.86]
  6. Swift’s clever and insightful lyrics immediately grab those who pay attention.

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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 and nice pop/rock songs. Definately recommended. Expand