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Poorly Formed

Swingin' Utters Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B00AW4YM6W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Performed! March 17, 2013
By Jen
Format:MP3 Music
I thought their last effort (2011's Here, Under Protest) was a phenomenal album, and would be very difficult to follow.

When I first heard Poorly Formed, I definitely liked it, but didn't love it. Several days, and dozens of listens later, I will go on record saying that this is the band's absolute finest recording to date.

Of the 14 songs contained, guitarist Jack Dalrymple (One Man Army / ex-Dead To Me) co-wrote 8 of them with vocalist Johnny Bonnel. While it has been typical for guitarist Darius Koski to write the majority of their past albums, it was interesting to see how a predominantly Bonnel / Dalrymple album would end up.
The end result is so unique, at times it doesn't really even sound like Swingin' Utters. But, at the same time, it sounds exactly like them. I went in knowing that Jack wrote a lot of the music, and expected it to sound like One Man Army, but the only OMA really reminiscent of these songs is from the band's 2012 EP, She's An Alarm!.

It's definitely different than the Utters past material, but after nearly 2 months of listens (literally, I listen to the album at least once a day), I firmly believe this is Swingin' Utters' best album. This thing is pure gold. In my honest opinion, it's a perfect 10/10.

Highlights: "The Librarians Are Hiding Something", "Pour Beans", "Military Barbara Billingsley", "Poorly Formed".
Low-points: absolutely nothing. It's all gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort for fans of the band. February 22, 2013
By Kehoe
Format:Audio CD
I don't follow the Swingin' Utters religiously, so when on a whim I looked to see if they had new material I was happy to find that they just released a new album.

Poorly Formed is exactly what you would expect from a Swingin' Utters album. It follows a similar style to "Here, Under Pressure" which saw a little of the ferocity traded for a few pop elements. There are still plenty of driving tracks broken up with softer songs and the extra folky "I'm A Little Bit Country".

Some of the lyrics on the album aren't the most creative, which could be explained by this album being released quickly after previous album. Vocals on a few tracks (ie title track) seem to be run through a filter causing them to feel lost when listening to the album is less than ideal location (like a car).

Overall, I would rate the album around a 3.7 and it is a easy purchase for anyone who already enjoys the Swingin' Utters to pick it up. New listeners will probably like the album, but it isn't the band's best album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Great March 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Swingin' Utters since I first heard them when I was in high school back in the early 90's. I was very happy when they decided to start putting out new material again starting with 2011's Here, Under Protest. I really liked that album but thought it was a very good collection of songs but not really a cohesive album.

So that brings us to the release of Poorly Formed, the first Swingin' Utters album that long time guitarist Jack Dalrymple contributed songs to. You can without a doubt here his influence on their sound and I really think it works. Poorly Formed is a varied collection of songs that really work together as an album. Some favorites include Stuck in a Circle, Poorly Formed, Greener Grass and The Fake Rat of Dave Navarro but really there isn't a bad song on the album. I've been listening to it constantly since it's release and I think it's my favorite album the Utters have put out so far. Definitely check it out if you're at all an Utters fan or a fan of punk influenced music in general.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's lacking something. June 20, 2013
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a serviceable album, but I'd like them to go back a little bit. I think it need a little more much.
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