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Album Review

Had things worked out differently, Wacko Magneto might have been Ednaswap's commercial breakthrough; hard-edged and tough-minded, its smart combination of metal textures, punk intensity, and alt-rock melodicism seemed an ideal fit for modern rock radio circa 1997. Instead, the record went nowhere, becoming something of a curiosity only when singer Natalie Imbruglia scored a smash hit with a feather-light pop rendition of the album's primal-scream centerpiece "Torn." Listeners expecting Wacko Magneto to offer anything even remotely close to Imbruglia's smooth dance-pop approach are in for a rude awakening, however; vocalist Anne Previn owes much more to the gritty swagger of Chrissie Hynde, while tracks like "Clown Show" and "Chordomatic" seethe with anger and energy.

Customer Reviews

Highly underrated

Ednaswap, and this album, are highly underrated remnants of the late '90s. I saw Ednaswap open up for Better Than Ezra in 1997 and they blew me away. I had the pleasure of seeing them many times in the Los Angeles area before they broke up. This album is exceptional from start to finish. The lyrics are haunting, the music is energetic and Anne's voice is unforgettable. This album contains "Torn" which Ednaswap originally wrote, and performed as it should be - with emotion and pain. Key tracks to check out - "Torn," "All Time Low," "Stop Counting," "Clown Show," "Shrapnel" and "YDWIBE."

Rock.... not candy pop

you might come across this band looking for the Aussi Natalie Imbuglia's (probably misspelled) version of "TORN" but don't be afraid.... I saw these kids open for (I think) Local H at the Galaxy in St Louis.... I was BLOWN AWAY.... the band was unsigned, hungry and rockin..... I loved "Torn"... but actually they had an EP called chicken out then (that was all) and the best song on the EP in my mind was "Glow" followed by Torn.... I almost died when I heard the airy, pop version "Natalie I" did (which I would have liked somewhat if I had never heard Ednaswap) Give the band a bit of attention, because they will give so much more to you....

Torn isn't the only great song on here

This album is Ednaswap's second. Not as varied as the first one, but much better than the third, Wacko Magneto is a great grunge CD that came out a little late in the game. Everyone seems to talk about "Torn," and while that is one of the best songs on here (and one of the best ever written) this CD has a ton of songs on here worth hearing, like the angry rocker "Clown Show" or the amazing shreik of the guitar on "Sideways out the Window." There are also some softer songs, the best of which is "Silver Hill," a great example of Ednaswap's great lyricism. This is a great CD. Since you've already managed to find it, buy it.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

The nightmares of frontwoman Anne Preven served as the inspiration behind the name of her alternative rock band Ednaswap; also featuring guitarists Rusty Anderson and Scott Cutler, bassist Paul Bushnell and drummer Carla Azar, the group formed in Los Angeles in 1993, soon after recording an acoustic demo that resulted in a deal with the East/West label. Their self-titled debut followed in 1995; Ednaswap's stay at the label was anything but pleasant, however, and when the band returned a year later...
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