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Swift, Richard / Walking Without Effort/The Nov
Album:Walking Without Effort/The Nov Collection:General
Artist:Swift, Richard Added:May 2005
Label:No Label 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-07-02 Pull Date:2006-09-03 
Week Ending:Aug 27Aug 20Jul 23Jul 9

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 26, 2007:Finneman's Market
The Novelist
4.Aug 15, 2006:lick my moody guitar show
Lovely Night
2.Oct 19, 2006:Finneman's Market
Sadsong St.
5.Jul 22, 2006:What's in the Icebox?
Half Lit
3.Sep 22, 2006:Finneman's Market
In the Air
6.Jul 18, 2006:lick my moody guitar show
Lovely Night

Album Review
Red West
Reviewed 2006-06-26 
Excellent singer/songwriter, sounds like Nilsson yeah! Well produced pop, guitar or piano based tracks with plenty of other instruments- about six people in his band. Two 'records', two discs- artist goes thru great effort to seem like he's from vinyl days but, no, this is post-y2k. Great pleasant overall sound with plenty of little changes to keep you interested. Just about every track swell.

The Novelist (I prefer this disc)
1.intro, warbly victrola turns to dreamy lullabye instrumental & happy bit at end.
2. beatbox, swaying music and modulations, gets lusher. Proposing to Lady Day.
3.Klezmer sounds and marching snare, a touch of Dixieland, cool harmonizing on some vocals.
4.warm. banjo-like sounds under well-recorded bass, guitar, hammond.
5.delicate music-box beauty of an instrumental bridge track.
6.piano & expressive pretty singing, 3/4 time waltzing
7.continuation of 6, instrumental ending, play together
8.Happy sweet with a tinge of regret. Piano & band. 6/8 time? Starts w/a little of prior track but it's a different song.

Walking Without Effort (sadder)
1.Pretty but forgettable instrumental intro, fades into next track
2.Low energy pop/lite rock. Acoustic guitar + singing joined by electric & handclap beatbox.
3.Love the horns. Depressed. Beck-like ending.
4.Minor key lonley song. strummed guitar, woodblock & vibraphone
5.slow 3/4 time, picks up a little, love song
6.plodding but it has its moments
7.Easy, slow, downer. Chorus' instruments have Beck-like arrangement, but not the voice.
8. just piano & his voice all the way through. minor key. sparse intro, then strong and gentle.
9.Cries out with a full band.

Track Listing
1.Walking Without Effort Theme 9.Beautifulheart
2.Half Lit 10.Foreward
3.In the Air 11.Lady Day
4.As I Go 12.Lovely Night
5.Above and Beneath 13.Sadsong St.
6.Mexico (1977) 14.Blues for Mother
7.Losing Sleep 15.The Novelist
8.Not Wasting Time 16.Ballad of Clifford Swift
 17.Looking Back, I Should Have