Album: The Soul Remains

Artist: Swing Set

Genre(s): Country

Track Rating
DREAMIN’ YOU ★★★★☆
BEATEN HEART ★★★★☆
 THE NEW CITIZENS ★★★☆☆
 CASTING MY LINES ★★☆☆☆
GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME ★★★★☆
DON’T LOOK NOW ★★☆☆☆
  IN & OUT ★★★☆☆
GOODBYE WORLD ★★★☆☆
COLD WIND ★★★☆☆
THINGS I’VE SAID ★★★☆☆
CAME & WENT ★★★☆☆
13TH FLOOR ★★★☆☆

 

  1. DREAMIN’ YOU:

The first song from this pop/rock album harkens back to the early days of REM. A friend on Facebook had once posted that the metric he uses for judging how nice people are depends on their liking for REM and I can’t say I disagree. The Soul Remains is more or less on the same lines as REM – nice pop with an edgy groovy side that goes on shape the rest of the album.

  1. BEATEN HEART:

Starts of as strongly as the title track and I loved the noodling that is layered on with the drums here. Perhaps my favorite song off the album this is a good old pop ballad that is worthy of being equated with some of the Beatles songs.

  1. THE NEW CITIZENS:

This track is placed comfortably in the first half and although it did not stand out for me like Beaten Heart I still liked the overall tone of this song. The music is breezy and loose and lends itself well to the album as a whole.

  1.  CASTING MY LINES:

Lush and rich at parts, this song is a beautiful little time capsule in an album packed with catchy gems. My second favorite track from the album.

  1. GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME:

There are bits of this song that remind me of some of the better songs from the British Invasion of the 60s. A dash of The Zombies, a glimmer of Sam Gopal but overall a tight little jam that bookends the first half.

  1. DON’T LOOK NOW:

This song continues the groovy essence that holds this album together. There are glorious sections that continually hold the messy rambling bits together and bring an overall free flowing song into a tight little sonic box.

  1. IN & OUT:

A soothing track that unwinds the listener and gives us an earworm for the ages. I loved the infectious vibe I got from In & Out. It segues in the second half and sets the tone for the rest of the album.

  1. GOODBYE WORLD:

A bit darker when compared to the songs that came before, Goodbye World is nevertheless a tight little single that packs a wallop

  1. COLD WIND:

 The album takes a more serious note with Cold Wind which for me did not really work. The sudden shift in tone was a bit jarring but overall it’s a neat song with groovy riffs and some majestic chordwork.

  1. THINGS I’VE SAID:

The album is heading towards a close and this is a regretful ballad that manages to hook the listener with its emotional lyrics. A decent track to begin the final minutes of an overall fun album.

  1. CAME AND WENT:

The penultimate track is broody and sticks out from the rest of the pack. It has its introspective moments. The lyrics are again reminiscent of REM and maybe some of the other alternative acts of the 80s

  1. THIRTEENTH FLOOR:

The final track of the album closes things off with a neat little sonic bow. There are neat little touches especially in the guitar work that make this a treat to listen to. Overall a well-made pop album that hopefully ages well with time.

Picks of the album: Dreamin’ You, Beaten Heart, Casting my lines, Came and Went, Thirteenth Floor

Overall rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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