- Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Rank: #35 / 878
USER SCORE
82
Based on
185 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

This relaxed, informal execution makes Swing Lo Magellan seem vulnerable, imperfect, and earnestly human. 

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Where past Projectors releases have occasionally bordered on sterile – or at the very least clinical – this one hums with activity.

90
musicOMH

In reigning in the more unpredictable aspects of his music, Longstreth has managed to retain the essence that has made Dirty Projectors such a continually challenging and invigorating creative outfit

90
No Ripcord

Whereas once, Longstreth was a composer, on Swing Lo Magellan he tries his hand at being a songwriter. And it’s the most refreshing move of his career.

89
Beats Per Minute

Swing Lo Magellan is generally celebratory, relishing in life, music, collaboration, and creativity.

88
Pitchfork

Swing Lo Magellan is a confident step into the spotlight that neither depends upon public expectations nor shies away from them.

80
Drowned in Sound

Deadly serious even at its most eccentric, wilfully awkward even at its most accessible, dense and intricate even at its most freewheeling. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Swing Lo Magellan is an album that will break hearts, bring joy, and deliver emotional notes that few others could.

80
PopMatters

By cleaning up and clearing up everything that’s going on in his head, Longstreth is getting better and better at expressing the music in his heart through the songs in his mind.

80
Under The Radar

While Dirty Projectors have always been driven by core member David Longstreth's vision, Magellan benefits from its feel as a band record.

80
Paste

Listening to Swing Lo Magellan feels more like sneaking up on the band in the midst of an intense rehearsal, rather than the group coming forward and saying, “Look what we’ve made.”

75
The 405

It's a calmer musical experience but it still hasn't lost any of that genius originality that the band have shown in earlier releases.

70
FACT Magazine

The tension between classic cues and experimentation prevents the album from reaching its potential as the pop realization of Dirty Projectors.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Simply put, the music on Swing Lo can’t support its great ideas.

JustinSlick
95
This is my most listened to, and therefore favorite album of 2012. I actually think I like it better than Bitte Orca.
Gupla
90
David Longstreth hace música más difícil de lo necesario.
thierry
74
Astonishingly personable for Dirty Projectors (or that is, David Longstreth), Swing Lo Magellan is a solid release.
74
a pretty good album experimental album with some good songs but not brilliant
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DETAILS

July 10, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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# 42 - Beats Per Minute
# 48 - Consequence of Sound
# 28 - DIY
# 11 - Exclaim!
# 11 - No Ripcord
# 7 - Paste
# 11 - Pazz & Jop
# 15 - Pitchfork
# 57 - PopMatters
# 19 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 50 - Rolling Stone
# 5 - Slant
# 23 - SPIN
# 11 - Spinner
# 10 - Stereogum
# 22 - The Fly
# 4 - The Guardian
# 43 - The Line of Best Fit
# 4 - TIME
# 42 - Uncut
# 7 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Offspring Are Blank 
  2. About to Die 
  3. Gun Has No Trigger 
  4. Swing Lo Magellan 
  5. Just From Chevron 
  6. Dance for You 
  7. Maybe That Was It 
  8. Impregnable Question 
  9. See What She Seeing 
  10. The Socialites 
  11. Unto Caesar 
  12. Irresponsible Tune
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Added on: April 2, 2012