Album Review

White Swan Black Swan

White Swan Black Swan

by White Swan Black Swan


9 / 10
6th October 2008

Reviewed by Undertheradar


White Swan, Black Swan is partners Sonya Waters and Ben Howe, the mini album has a disc for each swan but each disc is also accompanied by the other with guest musicians as well.

White Swan is Sonya Waters; her half of the mini album is eerie, sad, lonesome and beautiful and has a certain charm about it with heartbreaking lyrics. I loved Finger and Nail, I conjured up thoughts of Sonya as a plaything at a circus, just pulled out occasionally to perform. Ladyboy and Giant Light take on more of an Americana vibe; Sonya has such a beautiful voice and is as versatile as they come (Sonya is a voice coach and has an illustrious career in NZ music spanning back to the 70’s). Loyalties is my favourite track, so ethereal and atmospheric...

Ben Howe is Black Swan. Having never heard his voice before I was amazed! He sounds like a mix of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, but still has his own unique sound. Ben and Sonya are great songwriters; their lyrics actually mean something, which is somewhat rare these days. Standout for me is Bands and Pets, I LOVE the keyboard and want to know what it is! The words to this song are funny, true and uplifting, sung in quiet a deadpan style…I fully recommend this album as one to add to your collection.






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