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Album Review

Sierra Swan avoids the trappings that usually plague up-and-coming singer/songwriters with her debut album Ladyland. Where most artists of this ilk will either fail to survive the transition from stage to studio or just get steamrolled by overzealous producers once they get there, Swan follows in the tradition of Kate Bush, achieving a zen-like balance with the studio space. This is no doubt thanks to producer Linda Perry, who seems to have a profound understanding of Swan's songwriting style, as well as her throaty voice: sultry and gritty with a velvety vibrato. Perry's insightful grasp of Swan's instrument must owe, at least in part, to her own singing voice being remarkably similar. She used this same talent for dealing with a growly female timbre like her own in her masterful work with Pink on M!ssundaztood. However, while Pink's teen pop material is more complex and aggressive than many artists of her genre, it remains dramatically different from Swan's earthy, elegant style. The piano, winds, and strings on the record sound unmistakably like early Fiona Apple, while the way Swan changes gears between ethereal and intimate in both her performance and composition is very reminiscent of Milla and Aimee Mann — the latter of whom co-wrote and provided background vocals for one of the album's best tracks, "Get Down to It." Each song on the disc is carried off with a smooth, glam rock swagger that serves well to showcase Swan's ironic and emotional lyrics. Still, while she skillfully avoids the shrill melodrama of Paula Cole and the forced anger of Tracy Bonham, Swan's deeply personal record never reaches a crescendo. It would have been nice to see her slice through the immaculate production once or twice and provide a glimpse of something a little more raw in her music and performance, but neither her songs nor her voice ever seem to lose their cool. Maybe that constraint is an indication that Perry, while far from steamrolling over her protégé's work, still gripped it with heavy hands.

Customer Reviews


Finally, a REAL woman singer/songwriter. Sierra Swan is everything lacking in the music industry right now. She sings, writes, plays every instrument...and is in control of her career! Did I mention she is stunning??? Her lyrics dig deep and are beautifully produced. She is innovative, sexy, and iconic in every way. I can never compare her to anyone else...and what better compliment than that? She is paving the way for a new genre and bringing back talent to female musicians! Look out for her, I think she is going to have a lot to say!

I'm In Love With Her

I saw Sierra while attending a James Blunt Concert in Omaha, NE and she blew me away. I got home and downloaded her CD. She had amazing style and awsome concert presense. And her sonds sound so much better on the CD. You should GET IT!!!

A Stunning Debut

A jewel from LA's underground finally sees the light of day. Sierra Swan first entered my consciousness as the breathtaking guest vocalist on some of Cold's songs. When "Got Away", a duet with Scooter, came out I fell in love with that voice all over again. Now, with LadyLand Sierra Swan can spread her wings. The songs reflect a blossoming singer-songwriter navigating through the depths of LadyLand, a place generally well guarded. "Copper Red" proves to be more than a hair color in this tune about "twisted melodies deep within my mind," then there’s "The Ladder" which captures the perilous beauty of success, and "Get Down To It" with Aimee Man about the vulnerability of boys. Like Fiona Apple’s latest, Sierra Swan’s LadyLand is complex yet easy to get.


Born: San Fernando Valley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Sierra Swan's voice can easily be compared to the smoldering vocal richness of Linda Perry, P!nk, and Fiona Apple. As the daughter of guitarist Billy Swan, she and her sister Planet followed in their father's footsteps and learned the trade of performing early on. Sierra played at various coffee houses as a teenager and landed a residency at Goldfinger's in Hollywood at 18. In 1997, she and fellow Scotsman Graham Edwards (bass) formed the electronic pop act Dollshead. The duo released...
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