Snowman (album)

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Snowman
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Studio album by Snowman
Released 23 September 2006
Recorded December 2005
Blackbird Studios
Genre Alternative rock
Length 58:58
Label Dot Dash/Inertia
Producer David Parkin, Snowman
Snowman chronology
Zombies on the Airwaves of Paris
(2004)Zombies on the Airwaves of Paris2004
Snowman
(2006)
The Horse, The Rat and The Swan
(2008)The Horse, The Rat and The Swan2008

Snowman is the self-titled debut album, released by the Australian alternative rockers, Snowman, on 23 September 2006 via Dot Dash.[1][2] The group began recording it in December 2005 with Perth-based record producer, David Parkin, at Blackbird Studios. Three singles were released from the album, "Smoke & Mirrors", "You Are a Casino" and "Swimming with Sharks". They were all added to high rotation on national youth radio, Triple J. The album was featured on community radio stations RTRfm in Perth and FBI in Sydney. The 13 tracks highlight the group's signature sounds, including haunting and falsetto vocals, rock and roll guitars and rockabilly drums.

Reception[edit]

Snowman received mixed reviews: Shane O'Donohue of Herald Sun's HiT opined "[the group] transcend their influences through sheer intensity and a wealth of ideas. The whole thing's a bit long (the 11-minute second last track, 'Wormwood', is too much, too late), but, small gripes aside, Snowman is a gripping debut. In a word: primal."[3] FasterLouder's Kirsty Connor felt "[it] is eccentric, lively, and ultimately unstable... They flutter between murky, noise-based ballads and brutal, angular guitar-driven rockers as though the term genre was an insult."[4] Amazon.com's editorial review observed "[they] make beautiful, jagged, swampy, hypnotic kinda sound, that can swerve from Scott Walker's dark romance to the Cramps jungle fever in the blink of a mascara'd eye."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Black Tide" - 4:17
  2. "You Are a Casino" - 2:51
  3. "Bloodmoney" - 4:59
  4. "Smoke & Mirrors" - 3:04
  5. "The Last Train Outta Town" - 5:56
  6. "Vampire Blues" - 3:00
  7. "Viva La Fever" - 3:27
  8. "Red River" - 5:02
  9. "Swimming with Sharks" - 2:38
  10. "Cocaine Goldrush" - 5:14
  11. "Shake Your Brains" - 1:21
  12. "Wormwood" - 10:54
  13. "The Curse" - 6:15

Personnel[edit]

Snowman[edit]

  • Andy Citawarman – guitar, violin, vocals, piano, keyboard, percussion
  • Ross DiBlasso – drums, percussion
  • Olga Hermanniusson – brass, vocals, saxophone, percussion
  • Joe McKee – guitar, vocals, harmonica, theremin, trumpet, piano, keyboard, percussion, samples

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Shaun Lee - violin ("The Black Tide")
  • Daniel Russel - violin ("The Black Tide")
  • Aaron Wyatt - viola ("The Black Tide")
  • Tristan Parr - cello ("The Black Tide")
  • Elliott Brannen - trumpet ("Bloodmoney" and "Smoke & Mirrors")

References[edit]

  1. ^ APRA database at the Australasian Performing Right Association website
  2. ^ "Archived Australasian Releases – September 2006". ARIA. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 
  3. ^ O'Donohue, Shane (September 2006). "Snowman (Snowman)". Herald Sun HiT. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Connor, Kirsty (26 October 2006). "Snowman". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Snowman – Snowman". Amazon.com Music. Retrieved 3 September 2017.