Man with Potential - Pete Swanson
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  • Summary: This is the first album on the Type label for the cofounder of Yellow Swans.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Feb 23, 2012
    85
    On Man With Potential Pete Swanson's ability to encompass many sounds and moods knows few bounds, if any.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    A relentless, unstoppable beast of screeching, pounding ascendancy. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  3. Feb 23, 2012
    79
    This attention to economy marks these records [I Don't Rock At All and Man With Potential] as two of Swanson's most digestible and re-playable releases to date.
  4. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    It's not going to make techno fans fall in love with noise, or noise fans fall in love with techno, but for those who, er, bat for both sides, it's a dream come true.
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    Pete Swanson isn't "going" anywhere but his own scorched-earth path. If you can withstand the heat, it's probably worth following him for a bit.
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  1. Nov 19, 2012
    7
    A message to anyone looking for conventional, dance-heavy, techno - this is not that. In fact, the entire album thrives in it's off-putting, static-drenched, noisy screeches. Throughout the entire listening experience I was waiting for some relief from the never-ending ear bashing and only found it in slight, bittersweet doses. This is a dark, loud, almost wholly unenjoyable listen. All that being said, 'Man with Potential' is an unforgettable original release. It is so abstract and experimental that it will take some really, really, open minded listeners to be able to dig into Pete Swanson's style and take something from the album other than 'Did I really just spend my last hour listening to sputtering machinery?'. I particularly enjoyed how original and inspired the whole thing felt, but that doesn't mean that most people will. In fact, it's a waste of time in any other respect. Expand