Gathering Swans

Choir Boy - Gathering Swans
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #57 / 268
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2020 Ratings: #70
Liked by 6 people
May 8, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dais / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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Wow. This is such an incredible and easy to listen to piece of synthpop. Choir Boy manage to both soothe and engage me across all of Gathering Swans with their combination of pretty hooks and light touches of goth. Songs like Nites Like This and the eponymous closer sound like they’ve been constructed on the middle ground between Faith-era Cure and Tears for Fears’ Songs From the Big Chair, so basically a new waver’s wet dream. It’s a moody yet welcoming album that I ... read more
although choir boy's second album isn't as conceptual as their first, the band still manages to maintain their soft yet eerie new romantic aesthetic, and they incorporate a greater synthpop influence than before. some of the updates work really well, but a lot of the time they just add glitz to parts that really don't need it. "it's over," "toxic eye," "complainer," and "shatter" are highlights.
Salt Lake City goth pop group Choir Boy's follow-up to 2016’s Passive with Desire is an rousing sophomore effort imbued with romanticism, gloom and buoyant optimism. The first three tracks are sure highlights, especially their single, Complainer punctuated with bright synths and post-punk bass-lines that is joyous and dance-worthy that ultimately brings a bright flare of positivism throughout this uncertain times. A sophisti-pop triumph that is worth a listen.
Wonderfully enjoyable synthpop album right here. It doesn't finish up as strong as it begins, but nevertheless is solid throughout. The tracks Toxic Eye, Complainer, and Sweet Candy have become some of my favorites of the year with their insanely catchy melodies. This kind of sweetly sad, 80's influenced pop music is so great and this is a tasteful take on it.
A very lovely offering from Salt Lake City synthpop act Choir Boy. As a followup to their 2016 debut album, Passive With Desire, Adam Klopp and company expand on their mellow and optimistic yet gloomy sound. With the production greatly improved, the songwriting shines a lot brighter and highlights Adam's uniquely gorgeous voice even better than before. The singles are major highlights, and the deep cuts compliment and round out the record very well.
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Track List

  1. It's Over
  2. Toxic Eye
  3. Complainer
  4. Nites Like This
  5. St. Angela Merici
  6. Sweet Candy
  7. Shatter
  8. Eat the Frog
  9. Happy To Be Bad
  10. Gathering Swans
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Added on: February 19, 2020