I Wasn't Born To Lose You (LP)


Swervedriver

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2015

Swervedriver are back after a 17-year absence. If albums like Raise and Mezcal Head didn’t already put Swervedriver in the same pantheon of shoegaze titans like My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Lush for you, try this new album and then go back to their first few. I Wasn’t Born to Lose You is looser and more atmospheric than their earlier material, but it also serves to highlight aspects of the band’s music that was always there—it was just sort of squashed under the skull-crushing chords of songs like “Rave Down.” The timing changes and interlocking guitars of “Setting Sun,” for instance, play like an extension of the quieter passages of songs like “Duel,” given room to breathe without the expectation of some mammoth power chords to take you out of it. No offense to mammoth power chords, of course—they’re still in supply here, though just more intricately placed, taken apart into chiming octaves on “Last Rites” or given more melodic dimension on “Deep Wound,” a thick slab of classic Swervedriver that will have any longtime fan of the band secretly playing air guitar. Similarly to their other albums, I Wasn’t Born to Lose You is dense, taking a few listens for its individual tracks to sink in, but it also makes for great road music, calling to mind endless rolling landscape with its peaks and valleys of noise and pastoral sound passages on songs like the gorgeous “Lone Star.” Hopefully this is just the start of another period of new recordings from the band. Long may they run.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Autodidact
Swervedriver 04:59
2.
Last Rites
Swervedriver 03:26
3.
For A Day Like Tomorrow
Swervedriver 05:29
4.
Setting Sun
Swervedriver 02:53


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Everso
Swervedriver 06:44
2.
English Subtitles
Swervedriver 05:20
3.
Red Queen Arms Race
Swervedriver 05:40


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Deep Wound
Swervedriver 03:59
2.
Lone Star
Swervedriver 04:33
3.
I Wonder?
Swervedriver 05:39


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dub Wound
Swervedriver
2.
Days
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