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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: August 2, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • ASIN: B000300GHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Bennett on December 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent album that should be purchased by anyone who likes great songwriting in the "Britpop" style, Beatlesque production values, and intricate harmony vocals that remind me of middle-period Lennon/McCartney (with perhaps a touch of Simon and Garfunkel here and there), the Vinyl Kings (another incredible band, BTW) and Jellyfish (there's even a guest appearance by Jellyfish vocalist Andy Sturmer, singing backup). The songs are all exactly the right length, and the arrangements are gorgeous -- there's not an ounce of filler on this album.
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I LISTENED TO ONE OF THE SONGS ON THE WEB AND REALLY ENJOYED ONE SONG SO I DECIDED THAT I NEEDED TO PURCHASE THIS CD. VERY HAPPY WITH IT.
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Like it, but like songs on Watercolor Day better.
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The more I listen to Instant Pleasure the more I think Seth Swirsky's closest friends must have written the other reviews of this album. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it. I don't even dislike it. However, the previous reviews make Swirsky sound like the second coming of the 1965 era Beatles and that, to me, is absolutely laughable.
What you'll get if you choose to purchase this record is not fine songwriting nor fine musicianship. What you'll get is pretty basic songwriting (musically speaking) by a less than talented lyricist. He's got a good voice, though the fake British accent on Herman Cherry (track 2) and Ordinary Man (track 10)sounds really transparent to me. Someone else reviewing this album made a John Lennon reference. Lennon never sounded as British as Swirsky does on that track, which is comical considering Swirsky is (I believe) Californian.
I understand the desire to categorize someone like Seth Swirsky as an "intelligent Brit Pop" songwriter. That style of music is something the world needed desperately when it first came along and has not gotten enough of since. However, the food that will feed that desire is NOT Instant Pleasure, as hard as Swirsky may try to make it so.
If you want intelligent British Pop influenced by the Beatles or the 1960s in general try XTC's Skylarking album, Squeeze's earlier recordings (ending around the Frank album if not earlier, Elvis Costello before he decided to saturate every possible musical genre with his name and Nick Lowe. As a matter of fact, rather than comparing Swirsky to the Beatles, Nick Lowe is a much more logical musical parallel to draw (for evidence of that claim, listen to "It's Still Love"'s chorus and the instrumentation/ effects).
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2005 Pop Album of The Year nominee, L.A. Music Awards.

"Fifth Beatle? Seth Swirsky has recorded a Fab Four - influenced album...a melodic, earnest collection of Beatles - influenced pop."

-Kevin Bronson, Los Angeles Times

"The vibe of this album is just something you have to hear to believe. Bringing up fond memories of such greats as The Beatles, and John Lennon. This is the type of music you play on a hot summer day, with the top down, trucking down the scorching hot interstate. It's just infectious pop music, pure and simple -- A great little slice of pop heaven."

-Trent Moore, Aversion.com

"This release is to the music connoisseur what a gourmet meal is to the hungry restaurant patron -- fulfilling, satisfying, and memorable. "It's Still Love" shows why Seth Swirsky has been referred to as the fifth Beatle. "

-Madd, Evilsponge.org

"...highly pleasurable, low-key pop, often venturing into very stunningly pretty chamber-pop territory."

-Amplifier Magazine

"He'll win fans with his candor (and) understated vocals that work perfectly with his eccentric lyrics. Hammond B3 organ, cello, violin, mandolin, flute and layered vocal harmonies create a production rivaling Revolver-era Beatles.

Overall, Swirsky delivers an album of flawless pop songs. Check it out for some instant-and lasting-pleasure."

-Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Seth writes with the same intimacy that can be found on my favorite tracks from Lennon/McCartney, sixties Paul Simon and more recently Elliott Smith. By the end of the album you feel as if you spent a week at his house guest. I host an all Beatles show yet I play Seth's CD...need I say anymore?
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