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Catchall
     

Catchall

by Swag
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457202320
catalogNumber:
2023
Rank:
299732

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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

Brad Jones   Producer,Engineer
Russ Long   Producer

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