Sway (Whirr album)

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Sway
Sway whirrcover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2014 (2014-09-23)
GenreShoegaze, alternative rock, noise rock, post-rock, dream pop
Length35:56
LabelGraveface
ProducerJack Shirley
Whirr chronology
Pipe Dreams
(2012)
Sway
(2014)
Whirr / Nothing
(2014)

Sway is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Whirr, released on September 23, 2014 by Graveface Records.[1] The album marked the departure of previous lead singer Alexandra Morte.[2] It was produced by Jack Shirley.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[4]
Punknews.org3.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork(6.9/10)[6]
Consequence of SoundB-[7]

On July 11, 2014, the band released the song "Mumble" on SoundCloud as a preview of the new album.[2][8]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Sway received an average score of 74, based on six reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[3] Tim Sendra of AllMusic noted that Sway's sound had taken a large influence from Nick Bassett's presence, "inch[ing] them closer to the harder side of the shoegaze revival (right next to Bassett's other band, Nothing, in fact)". He gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and finalized his review by saying that "Sway is an album that would measure up to almost any album made by the first wave of shoegazers".[1] Punknews.org gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars; while generally praising the album, the reviewer wished that Whirr would "experiment even more and toy with new music to give a bit more insight as to where the road leads", and also noted that "some tracks are a tad too long and sometimes, it drags".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Press"3:31
2."Mumble"2:34
3."Dry"5:01
4."Clear"6:10
5."Heavy"4:14
6."Sway"6:38
7."Lines"4:24
8."Feel"3:24
Total length:35:56[1]

Personnel[edit]

Whirr
Other personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sendra, Tim. "Sway - Whirr". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cimarusti, Luca (July 11, 2014). "12 O'Clock Track: 'Mumble' is the return of shoegaze revivalists Whirr". Chicago Reader. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Reviews for Sway by Whirr". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. ^ ";". Alternative Press. October 2014. p. 102.
  5. ^ a b "Whirr - Sway". Punknews.org. September 24, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Heller, Jason (September 22, 2014). "Whirr: Sway". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Essner, Dean (September 22, 2014). "Whirr — Sway". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Whirr - Mumble by Graveface Records". SoundCloud. July 11, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2015.