Album: Richard Swift, The Atlantic Ocean, (Secretly Canadian)
Sunday 26 April 2009
In spite of his opening lines – "I'm part of the scene/ Suit jacket and jeans/ I've got the right LPs" – it's hard to see how Swift fits into the grand scheme of things.
Hopefully (rather than hopelessly) nostalgic, Swift's music has always harked back to Tin Pan Alley, vaudeville and, especially, the 1970s golden age of Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Billy Joel. Atlantic Ocean finds Swift somewhere between Joel's The Stranger and 52nd Street and should, but won't, sell accordingly.
Pick of the album: Mark Ronson sprinkles his fairy dust over 'Ballad of Old...'
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