92 The Black Swan by the Triffids 1989
This is what I've written previously about the Black Swan
This is the last record the band made before they split up. it is a masterpiece just because of the quality of the songwriting and the variety of styles. It is flawed just because of this variety. Originally planned as a double the mission was that each song should be in a completely different style to all the others, as a result it is almost too varied with the album not really holding together (styles jump from vaudeville, to gypsy, to 60s girl group). As could be guessed the record company balked and the band had to edit the original down to a single cd.
Ever a sucker for wildly over ambitious intentions, it is for this fact that it just pips Calenture to the top 125.
That and the fact that despite the variety in styles there isn't really a song that doesn't work. These 2 tracks show just how varied the styles are. First up is a country song , subtitled the country widower it is a widescreen story of loneliness. Compare that to the glacial electronic pop of Falling Over You!
New Years Greeting - The Triffids
Falling over You - The Triffids
Finally a 60s girl group pop song that further proves the rule of good bands awful videos make
You can buy the Black Swan here this is the extended version where you can enjoy the lp as it was meant to be heard in all its 19 track glory, plus a 2nd disc of demos