College Music Update – Swansong For You
01st October 2000
Record Review

Album of The Week

The voice of the Gentle Waves is Isobel Campbell, also of a certain Belle & Sebastian. But don’t judge this record on that basis.  Really the Gentle Waves deserve more, as their debut of April 99 ‘The Green Fields of Foreverland’ was a stunning collection of songs as varied as you could hope for. And ‘Swansong For You’ is a fine sequel. Quirky anecdotes characterise fine song-writing, but with a deep channel of personal reflection and inner anxiety – which is at times totally juxtaposed with the confident and soaring vocals, backed with a sonic tapestry worthy of Scott Walker at his best. A wonderful LP and no mistake.

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