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Swing Lo Magellan [Import]

Dirty ProjectorsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Over three full lengths, an EP, and five different live bands in four years, David Longstreth has created in Dirty Projectors a body of music of original and variegated beauty. The breadth of his talents as a songwriter, arranger, bandleader and singer call to mind Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Bjork. His constantly evolving sound -- both live and on record -- the sheer intensity of the music, ... Read more in Amazon's Dirty Projectors Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B007W1NH2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,518,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Offspring Are Blank
2. About To Die
3. Gun Has No Trigger
4. Swing Lo Magellan
5. Just From Chevron
6. Dance For You
7. Maybe That Was It
8. Impregnable Question
9. See What She Seeing
10. The Socialites
11. Unto Caesar
12. Irresponsible Tune

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sound and the Fury July 10, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've been slowly warming up to Dirty Projectors ever since hearing their 2009 release, Bitte Orca. Hailed as a masterpiece of art pop by most critics, the album received a more divisive reaction from the hoi polloi. Tending to naturally lean toward the poppier songs on an album, my immediate favorite was "Two Doves." Overall, I felt that a lot of the album was art for art's sake and its finicky experimentalism prevented me from truly enjoying Bitte Orca as a whole.

With the release of Swing Lo Magellan, the band has veered off into a completely different direction altogether. The sparse string arrangements, African guitars, and crazy drumming remain intact but the focus on pop song structure is a notable change. Indie quirkiness takes a backseat to melody on this album, and the result is some of the best hooks I have ever encountered on a Dirty Projectors record. People are calling this record their most accessible yet - the perfect balance of musical intellectualism and pure pop. Here's my take, track-by-track.

Offspring Are Blank - The first song on the album opens in typical Dirty Projectors fashion, with those excellent female backup vocals, but it isn't long until the song breaks into a 70's fuzz-rock chorus. (6/10)

About to Die - This might be the best example of the tightrope the band walks between pop and obscure. The verses are sporadic and lyrical but the chorus is simple and extremely catchy. When the strings come in, it adds an amazing element to the song. (10/10)

Gun Has No Trigger - Likely the most minimalistic song on the album, Gun Has No Trigger consists mainly of voices, singing over drums and a very funky bass line. This song does indeed sound as if it were pulled from a James Bond film.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Projectors - Swing low but aim high July 10, 2012
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In 2009 Brooklyn wonders the Dirty Projectors produced an album of such sheer invention entitled "Bitte Orca" that when they released it it should have come with a patent. The name "Talking Heads" is generally bandied around when it comes to this band but frankly what both bands really share in common is a sense of inventiveness and most importantly a desire to produce music that taxes your brain cells. The inventor in chief in the band is a real "Smart Alec" named David Longstreth who studied classical composition at Yale University and brings with him a desire to test, tease and on occasions torment in terms of his musical constructions. He also had within the band Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian two female singers blessed with voices that could melt polar ice caps not least in fabulous songs like "Stillness is the move" and the the ravishing beauty contained in the orchestral highs of 'Two Doves".

It appears that for Longstreth's latest offering "Swing Lo Magellan" that regular vocalist, Angel Deradoorian, is on a bit of a hiatus although Coffman remains present. Indeed she takes control on one of the major highlights on this album the bubbling and minimalist funk of the wonderful "The socialites" which for the curious should be the point of entry in this cerebral but largely accessible album. Opening track "Offspring are blank" starts with a good old humming sound from a mix of male and female voices and loops it way through a clever song structure laid out by Longstreth which is punctuated by an impertinent noisy rock guitar which rudely but effectively breaks the gentle flow of the song.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Recorded across one year and 40 demos, The Dirty Projector's SWING LO MAGELLAN has made its way out of the studio. Written, arranged, mixed, produced, by David Longstreth, this album was meant to be more personal and eclectic than previous releases. Strangely, this album feels more complete than others (even 2009's very good BITTE ORCA), while maintaining Longstreth's promise that these songs wouldn't be united by a single theme or style.

The Dirty Projectors is a band that is constantly experimenting with its own sound. This album is no different, but it feels much looser than past releases. Where other albums felt conscious about the experimentation that was taking place, SWING LO MAGELLAN feels much less thought out; instead, many of the vocal flares and instrumental flourishes sound improvised or instinctual. It feels less like Longstreth is trying to be interesting and more like he's having fun writing music. The second half of the album doesn't quite live up to the fantastic first half of SWING LO MAGELLAN; "The Socialites," doesn't have a good enough melody to support itself. "Unto Caesar" and its dragging strings slow the song down to a crawl. "Irresponsible Tune," while an interesting choice to finish the album, doesn't meet their rest of the album's emotional heights.

Stylistically, this album is all over the place. The ripping guitar riff that interrupts quiet intro track "Offspring Are Blank" could have come out of Fugazi. The go-for-broke vocals in "About to Die" and "Unto Caesar" are reminiscent of Animal Collective. The rhythmic meter and crooning of "See What You're Seeing" recalls a great Hot Chip track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Human Record
Anticipation for the follow-up to one of the year’s best loved albums is traditionally high regardless of the band or their following. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Busy Body
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s solid
Listening to it over and over again. The sound is rich. Lots of things to enjoy beyond what originally grabbed me which were the interesting sounds and use of harmonization.
Published 5 months ago by Mark P. Fessenden
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for those looking for good music
Beautifully crafted, melodic, enchanting album. Very highly recommend. I don't buy a lot of music these days, but this is absolutely worth every cent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kate Maguire
5.0 out of 5 stars An art rock indie album with a point and passion!
An art rock indie album with a point and passion! Not much more needs to be said but Amazon requires more words: There are a lot of interesting, creative stuff that comes out of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by charles h mansfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep Exploring
After a string of intellectually ambitious but aesthetically questionable offerings, the Dirty Projectors released the otherworldly and brilliant Bitte Orca. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jacques Talbot
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Projectors Tidy Up
Dirty Projectors continue to provide music that pulls at the heart and tickles the mind. Over the course of several cds, from "New Attitude" to the masterful "Bitte... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lanny D. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS ALBUM!
AMAZING album-- most overlooked album of 2012---
i would give it more starts if there were more.
It came quickly in the mail and was in PERFECT condition. Read more
Published 20 months ago by TL
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Progress
The songs here are a little more catchy and accessible than their last album. There is great harmonizing and overall the songs are unique and special.
Published 21 months ago by K. Rafalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD
Dirty Projectors nails it with this album. Everything came in the condition it was supposed to, and I haven't tired of listening to te album yet.
Published 21 months ago by Alissa L. Strattan
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album
more accessible than Bitte Orca but without losing any of the things that make the Dirty Projectors great and unique. highly recommend.
Published 21 months ago by Thomas Oliphant
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