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Dirty Projectors 'Swing Lo Magellan' knocks it out of the park

Published: Monday, July 9, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 16:07

Dirty Projectors

Swing Lo Magellan
(Domino Records)
Grade: A

Brooklyn-based indie rockers Dirty Projectors had a lot to live up to with this newest album. Their last LP, Bitte Orca, was released in 2009 and featured their break out hit “Stillness in the Move.” Three years later, they’re back with a 12-track album titled Swing Lo Magellan.

We’re willing to forgive their absence as Swing Lo Magellan is completely enjoyable from start to finish. It’s really a slam dunk for the Dirty Projectors. The opening song “Offspring Are Blank” sets a definitive tone, one that is intriguing and promising. It starts mysterious and inviting, and culminates in a hard rock ‘n’ roll burst of energy. It’s a great indicator for the rest of the album, which is also full of surprises.

Singer and guitarist David Longstreth takes a bit of a lead on this album, singing on just about every track except “The Socialites,” which highlights the massive talents of Amber Coffman, who plays a bit of a supporting role on the album.

The songs are casual and make for a feel-good album. There are plenty of quirky, wobbly effects that don’t ever go over the top. It’s refreshing to see them hold back. For the most part, it’s also a very romantic record.

“Impregnable Question” is a simple and sweet song about reminding someone how much they mean to you, telling them you just can’t get them out of your mind and that you need them wholeheartedly. Longstreth closes the song by repeating over and over, “You’re my love and I want you in my life.”

Each song is as unique as the last, and it’s obvious plenty of care and attention to detail have been poured into every second. Even if you don’t have a special someone, Swing Lo Magellan is so charming you won’t mind the lovey-dovey bits.

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