Swimming - French Kicks
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  • Summary: The quartet from New York mixed and produced its own sophomore album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. You could feel the Kicks reaching for this sort of grandeur in the more inspired moments of 2006's "Two thousands, " this time, they're bathing in it. [July 2008, p.158]
  2. With catchy choruses (hear "Why, tell me why?/I don't know" once and it won't go away), assured self-production, and lyrics that lean on nobody's pen, it won't be long before people start comparing other bands to French Kicks, instead of the other way around.
  3. 80
    Swimming's arrangements and harmonies speak to a contemporary sensibility--one well aware that, for all the beauty of living in the moment, the moment still passes by. [Spring 2008, p.94]
  4. To save themselves from the sneaking accusation that they were fizzling out, the quartet self-produced and -mixed "Swimming," and the result is an album notably more laid-back and truer to their wistful personalities than 2006's "Two Thousand."
  5. 70
    While the production throughout the album is very strong and cohesive (guitar, drums and some piano taking care of most errands), the vocals might prove otherwise.
  6. 70
    By recycling and loosening up "Two Thousand's" best elements--inventive instrumental passages, rich harmonies, across-the-board emoting--French Kicks get both poppier and deeper.
  7. Swimming is really too damp to catch a spark, but could quite easily find a home nicely in the background somewhere of a candle lit wine bar or other chilled venue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. PG.
    Jun 27, 2008
    I really just enjoy hearing these guys. So nice.
  2. Colin
    Jun 12, 2008
    Sorry, I haven't actually heard this, but i needed to point out that this is definitely not their sophomore album. It's at least their third, maybe even fourth Expand