Catchall

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The notion that a whole can be more than the sum of its parts certainly holds true for Swag -- an all-star combo comprised of pretty doggone impressive parts, including members of the Mavericks, Cheap Trick, and Wilco. Thus, Swag manages to channel both the spirit and sound of the swinging '60s without falling into revival-band status. Catchall is largely devoted to proving that you can present a fully formed power-pop short story in just two minutes -- a trick the band pulls off beautifully on the melancholy, 12-string-laden "Lone" and the moodily crunching "Please Don't Tell" an organ-swathed, big-beat tune redolent of early Kinks. The latter tune, like many of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The notion that a whole can be more than the sum of its parts certainly holds true for Swag -- an all-star combo comprised of pretty doggone impressive parts, including members of the Mavericks, Cheap Trick, and Wilco. Thus, Swag manages to channel both the spirit and sound of the swinging '60s without falling into revival-band status. Catchall is largely devoted to proving that you can present a fully formed power-pop short story in just two minutes -- a trick the band pulls off beautifully on the melancholy, 12-string-laden "Lone" and the moodily crunching "Please Don't Tell" an organ-swathed, big-beat tune redolent of early Kinks. The latter tune, like many of Catchall's best tracks, makes the most of the harmonies of Robert Reynolds and Jerry Dale McFadden, who honed their partnership through many years on the road with the Mavericks. Every member of the combo, however, gets a chance to shine. Doug Powell fires his best shot on the shimmering "When She Awoke," a gossamer melody that could pass for a 1967 Bee Gees outtake, while McFadden's "Louise" splits the difference between garage-band angst and the high-lonesome feel of classic Bakersfield country. You can probably spot a dozen more references -- from the Hollies to Elvis Costello -- over the course of the disc's 35 minutes, but this is no sonic "Where's Waldo": It's as vivid and colorful a soundscape as any pop lover could ask for.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Swag were conceived as a fun side project by various musicians known primarily for their roles in other bands particularly Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Robert Reynolds of the Mavericks. And, unlike some such ideas, they do actually sound like they're having fun on this pastiche of/homage to vintage '60s and '70s pop
ock styles. It's a diverse program of originals in that mold, sometimes taking cues from straight-ahead guitar power pop with ringing guitars, sometimes from fey McCartney-esque late-'60s acoustic pop-psych "Near Perfect Smile" and "Different Girl", sometimes from Remains-like mid-'60s organ rock guitar crunch "Please Don't Tell", sometimes from early Elvis Costello "Eight", and even from Cheap Trick themselves "Ride," which even has a Cheap Trick reference in the lyrics. It's not the type of thing which is bound to impress listeners with wallfuls of original '60s pop
ock and '70s power pop to serve as comparisons, but it's better than the norm for such things, and well-executed. Four of the 12 songs on the band's debut full-length disc were previously released, but eight make their first appearance here.
Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker
"A"... If all the kids who bought the Beatles' 1 bought this, too, guitar-powered pop would be in great shape.

"A"... If all the kids who bought the Beatles' 1 bought this, too, guitar-powered pop would be in great shape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457202320
  • Catalog Number: 2023
  • Sales rank: 362,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lone (2:02)
  2. 2 I'll Get By (3:13)
  3. 3 Near Perfect Smile (1:54)
  4. 4 Please Don't Tell (2:25)
  5. 5 When She Awoke (3:57)
  6. 6 Louise (2:49)
  7. 7 Different Girl (3:09)
  8. 8 You (4:01)
  9. 9 Eight (2:23)
  10. 10 Trixie (2:40)
  11. 11 Ride (3:55)
  12. 12 She's Deceiving (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swag Primary Artist
Bill Lloyd Guitar, Background Vocals
Ken Coomer Band, Timpani, Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Brad Jones Bass
Jerry Dale McFadden Band, Group Member
Robert Reynolds Vocals, Band, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
Kenny Vaughn Guitar
Doug Powell Harmonium, Vocals, Band, Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Chris Carmichael Strings
Tom Petersson Bass, Band, Group Member
Scotty Huff Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim DeMain Mastering
Brad Jones Producer, Engineer
Russ Long Producer
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