Album Review of Swimming by French Kicks.

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Swimming by French Kicks

Release Date: May 20, 2008
Record label: Vagrant
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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Swimming - Average, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

On Swimming, the French Kicks trade the shiny electronics of Two Thousand for guitars and live percussion, but even though this is the most organic the band has sounded since One Time Bells, the intricate arrangements and production that were Two Thousand's focal points remain. Swimming is, well, swimming in lavish sounds, with layers and layers of blissful harmonies and melodies, chiming guitars, and drumming that is subtle but still manages to stand out from its surroundings. Unfortunately, as on Two Thousand, these beautiful, inviting sonics overwhelm the songs they're attached to.

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