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05.31.11 >> All Due Respect: Swoon by Ted Maider, Consequence of Sound

"'Swim Around With You' contains instrumentation that feels like the whole world is made out of candy and a voice that conjures up a feeling of youth and strawberry shortcake. The song is just overtly sweet. There are more straightforward tracks, as well, like 'The Chapter', with melodic vocals, airy guitars, and a very soothing overtone. Things also get serious with tracks like 'Hero', which takes one back to Sarah McLachlan and (dare we say?) Jewel. The band slows it down with pieces like 'Scatter All the Ashes' but can quickly pick it back up again with a swinger like 'Safe at Any Speed'.  Overall, though, Swoon keeps everything melodic and not too over-the-top. It’s safe to say they keep it just right."

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04.18.11 >> Roman Game, Curator, The Small Beast

"Quite a few sites and stations have been swooning about Swoon’s new, just released record 'Backwards & Forwards'... Be prepared for heartfelt, deep pop-rock with an easily accessible big sound and remarkable lyrics."

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03.14.11 >> Branimir Lokner, Time Machine Music Magazine

Branimir Lokner reviews Swoon's new release, Backwards & Forwards, on Time Machine Music Magazine, based in Serbia.

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03.06.11 >> Dan Herman, Radio Crystal Blue, Novus Ordo 3/6/11 Podcast:

"[Swoon is] a band that's my kind of band, a simple four-piece band, that does some deep cerebral kind of rock songs led by a woman named Minnie Cho. They have good catchy melodies, very strong lyrics. The band has serious credits and a rather serious...accessible sound. What a great sound they have."

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02.12.11 >> WLUR Radio Blogspot:

"New York quartet Swoon make catchy pop-rock tunes inspired by '90s indie and alternative. Fountains of Wayne frontman Chris Collingwood is a big fan, and has already laid down a cover of the title track. Also try 'Swim Around With You.'"

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12.28.10 >> Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne on Myspace:

"A couple months ago, longtime friend of FOW Minnie Cho sent me some demos from her band Swoon's then-upcoming release, 'Backwards and Forwards.' I really dug it and wished I had written the album's title track myself.

So I was messing around in my home studio and thought I would take a shot at recording it here. Jody was here for a couple days and played the guitar solo, and you can hear my friend Rick from Group DeVille (http://groupdeville.blogspot.com/) singing some of the backing parts at the end.

All in all, I like the way it came out, for a demo. If you like the song, please check out Swoon's website...and look for 'Backwards and Forwards' on iTunes."

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12.07.10 >> Eugene Foley of Foley Entertainment, Music Industry Consultants:

RATING SCALE
["1" Indicates the Lowest Score; "5" Indicates The Highest Score]

Recording Quality/Production: 4.5
Lead Vocals: 4.5
Musicianship: 4.5
Lyric Writing: 4.5
Music Composing: 4.5
Melodies: 5
Song Arrangement: 4
Overall Delivery: 5

"I really like the music! The songs are so melodic, polished and just plain enjoyable! Swoon scored VERY well, as you read above. Please extend my compliments... I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned. Well done!"

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03.27.09 >> Review by Neil Diamond, Mr. Neil’s Blog, Swoon & Mike Borgia Downstairs @ The National Underground:

"While we'd actually come to see both The Nightrats and The Monte Vista (Mr. Neil is in command of a very small troop division), our early arrival introduced us to Swoon. Sometimes you don’t know what you're going to get with early arrivals, but this was a pleasant surprise. Swoon have a nice brooding pop sound that seemed to suit the National Underground space very well. Especially since the space has its own nice, dark, brooding quality going on. Singer Minnie Cho's understated voice is, like the melodies, pleasing and delicate, but with an intriguing edge. And it provided a nice counterbalance to the grungy guitars. Swoon's crowd was small, but enjoying the show, which is always a good sign. For me their vibe was tinged with an '80s and '90s edge. Grunge meets Tiffany. It was as if someone had morphed aspects of Nirvana to parts of The Bangles, and that band was now cheerfully wandering along the road of teen-angst with a pop-melodic beat (and we should throw a piece of Brit-pop in for good measure). Swoon held the attention of their crowd and they are definitely a band to check out."

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12.04.07 >> Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne reviews a pre-release of Swoon's debut album, Departures:

"On first hearing 'Departures,' out of habit I combed my brain for a reference point. Some came to mind: Aimee Mann, Beth Orton, Cat Power, 'I'll Be Your Mirror.' Most artists hate direct comparisons, of course, for obvious reasons. And while probing familiar themes of loneliness and love lost, Swoon's decidedly poppy approach is altogether their own. Layered harmonies, chiming guitars and a driving rhythm section are a lush backdrop for Cho's fragile delivery, at once pained and poised. A perfect soundtrack for a sad, stormy day or a long ride home."