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Alas, Black Swan!

The great achievement of this album is 'Black Swan Song.' It is really quite beautiful and it is Athlete at their strongest. This song is about (lead singer) Joel's late grandfather John (1921-2005), who was a paratrooper during World War II. It references his last battle in Arnhem, Holland, in 1944, where he was wounded and eventually captured by the Germans. Musically, lyrically, and vocally, I don't think you could ask for a finer tribute than 'Black Swan Song.'

Since "Beyond the Neighbourhood", Athlete's sound has gone the way of having some levity: it's all very good. 'The Getaway' and 'The Unknown' are perfect examples of this. The songs aim to uplift with their sound and lyrics. 'The Unknown' has that sweeping, sort of anthemic quality. 'Superhuman Touch' has a lot of pep and what you would call the "dancey" vibe, although it is not a dance song. When it was released as a single in the UK, many months ago, I thought: "what happened to Athlete?" I was really annoyed by this musical direction. Funny though: it took a few listens but it DID eventually grow on me. 'Magical Mistakes' is another groovy one and it works for them. I like this song's tempo change about the 2:25 mark and then the way the vocals go. 'Light The Way' is a definite favourite. It's uptempo and has a great build - also has an excellent 2 minute instrumental intro. 'The Awkward Goodbye' is a...struggling love song and is quite lovely. 'Don't Hold Your Breath' is neither fast or slow - it's another romantic one with some wonderful, bursting musical moments and some very sentimental visuals/lyrics. 'Love Come Rescue' is brilliant - love the guitar(s) in this one. It has mainly an acoustic vibe. The lyrics are downcast (doesn't make me feel that way though) and Joel's voice is the highlight here, really lovely. 'Rubik's Cube' is a quieter, nice song. As you can guess, it uses the puzzle for strong imagery, and is nostalgic.

Not here on the album, but on the EP available in iTunes is 'Black Swan Song - Acoustic' and Wild Wolves', which is piano-heavy and is a little reminiscent of the "Tourist" vibe. It's another good one. It's too bad iTunes doesn't have the Deluxe version of this album...7 additional great tracks on it ('Wild Wolves' & 'BSS Acoustic' are two of them)...but I won't go on (except you need to hear 'Sky Diver', which is awesome.) If you want to know more about Athlete, and even view a documentary about Joel's granddad, check out

Thanks Athlete, for giving us more great music.

P.S. - I'm glad to see this album is finally available in iTunes for Canadian came out in Aug. 2009 in the UK.

How the?..

How have people rated this album any lower than 5 stars!? This is an AMAZING release by Athlete.. Listen to Rubik's Cube for real emotional lyrics and if you want to dance, Superhuman Touch. All of these songs have their own story and I enjoy every single one of them! Buy this album!

Que s'est-il passé?

Athlete se présentait comme un groupe charmant avec leur album Tourist, souvent comparé à du Coldplay moins subtil et moins sincère mais avec un certain potentiel. Leur album précédent(Beyond the Neighbourhood)était pour moi leur plus achevé. Avec un mixing et une réalisation au top l'album nous transportait dans un rock alternatif tantôt teinté de trip-hop tantôt d'électronique, ce qui me faisait rêver à une suite des plus délectables. Black Swan est une déception majeure. Paroles répétitives et insignifiantes, rythmiques simplettes se voulant catchy et structure sans progressions, sans émotions et sans surprises. Le style reste toujours rock/alternatif lover-style mais on descend d'une ou deux catégories abruptement.


Formed: 2000 in Deptford, South London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Years before the popular single "Wires" nearly topped the U.K. charts, Athlete was yet another Oasis-styled outfit from South London. Childhood friends Carey Willets (bass), Joel Pott (vocals, guitar), Steve Roberts (drums), and Tim Wanstall (keyboards) formed the group in early 2000, initially modeling their sound after that of the famed Gallagher brothers. Athlete eventually transformed itself into an experimental indie rock act, however, and the band's self-titled EP appeared on Regal Recordings...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Mar 02, 2010

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