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- Walt Wolfman by Richard Swift
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Richard Swift has produced a lot of really well received records without properly catching my ear. From the opening chords here, you know you are dealing with someone who knows what they are doing. It sounds not unlike a chirpier, less beer sodden Richard Hawley. With the jingling sounds and high pitched back up vocals (could be children?) it sounds very Christmassy. Swifts voice is not that fantastic, thin and reedy, strained in the upper register, but the tune is so good he gets away with it. The second track has a superb, roomy Joe Meek like production with clattering drums, whistles and bells and someone doing a Marvin Gaye impression over the top. Superb stuff, Swift toys with Northern Soul yet the whole thing has an eerie feel to it like those terrifying futuristic '60s instrumentals. Track three goes full on into Diana Ross and the Supremes mode - Swift is unafraid of being daring and potentially looking like an idiot - he pulls it off magnificently coming on all Smokey Robinson. Throughout, the record is a whole heap of '60s inspired fun.
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