Dressed Up For The Letdown
And herein lies the point: just because you can, doesn't necessarily mean you should. In the spirit of this truth Richard Swift has confidently composed yet another original masterpiece; employing an archaic attitude of tempered restraint on a fresh collection of ten songs, without appearing shamelessly retro or kitschy. Playing a vast majority of the instruments on "Dressed Up" himself, by virtue Swift has created something that is characteristically his. And considering his rough-around-the-edges exterior, one could rightly assume that Swift desires the listener to accept him as an ordinary honest man with some honest songs -- unmasked blemishes and all. Yet when one engages with Swift on this narrow-road-less-traveled, one immediately ignores the subtle imperfections shadowed by the all-consuming white light of well-crafted pop songs in an analog heaven. In effect he's saying, "Just listen to my songs... the riffraff in the background is inconsequential." Sure Swift... whatever you say.
Dare I say fans of "The Richard Swift Collection Vol. 1" will not feel "Dressed Up For The Letdown", as Swift leads the faithful further into a melancholic world draped with colorful sonic landscapes.
(SC133 released: 02/20/07)