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Whenever You're Ready (Beggar's Banquet)

By: Alex Steininger

San Francisco's Swell's Whenever You're Ready, their eighth full-length, continues with the band's unique combination of dream pop soundscapes alongside Americana textures. Hard to pigeonhole, the band's strength is their songwriting craft, regardless of genre, writing warm, listener-friendly songs that feel roots-y and down-home, even when soaring hooks are embedded. Like a good wine, Swell is getting better with age, their graceful songwriting growing older, wiser with them. I'll give this a B-.
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