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Tomi Swick is a Canadian artist who I discovered when I saw him open for the Goo Goo Dolls in Vancouver. I was really impressed and tracked down his debut album, Stalled Out in the Doorway, which had just been released in Canada at the time (2006).
Strong from the start, this CD showcases Swick's melancholy, but never depressing, vocals and well-arranged melodies. The lyrics might not particularly inspired, but the overall effect really works.
While Swick appears to be a run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter, evidence of some of his own favourites, including Radiohead, is present and the balance makes his appeal universal - not surprising he went down such a storm in Canada then.
Tracks are as follows:
1. Come in 2s - A great way to start the album, not the strongest song on the album but gradually built up and made me want to hear more. 7/10
"It's the same old thing,
it's always more than you...
Tear my heart again,
cause this is what you do..."
2. Wait Until Morning - You can't help but sing along. So the topic isn't so happy, but the track sounds cheery and I for one love it. 8/10
"But all I had, in this chance to be strong now
To be alone
So I'll hit the ground running
3. Everything is Alright - My favourite track. A good upbeat,motivational track to listen to if you're feeling down without being sappy or cheery enough to make you even angrier! This completely reminds me of my time in Canada whenever I listen to it. 9/10
"If it's time that you need
I'll give it
And if it's the wine that's my greed
I'll admit it"
4. Still in the Light - Slower and mellower, easy to listen to but not overly exciting. Still a good track, but not stand-out. 7/10
"Am I mistaken
or maybe just tired
I kiss your sad face
to stop you from crying"
5. I Trust in (Family) - Again, a slower track, interesting enough but not a favourite. 6/10
"The lights are on
and you can see for miles
It's warning, it's warning me
The lights are on, so just come on in
this contrary is what i believe"
6. Sorry Again - At the start, I think "Geez, Tomi, just get back to something more upbeat!" but I actually really enjoy this song. 8/10
"Cause I would walk straight into the thundering,
Just to prove that I am still a man,
In this serious debate I'm,
Well I'm sorry again"
7. Habits - Finally things pick up again, and it's a great track. Unfortunately no lyrics for this one, I couldn't find any online and it's kind of hard to tell what he's singing here! 8/10
8. A Night Like This - I've always been undecided over this track. I can't decide if I like it or not. It's not bad, something about it just bothers me..no idea why. Too repetitive maybe? 7/10
"Take this night and
All it's stars well
Could it be anyone else with you?
No no no"
9. Listen Isa - When I just read the lyrics of this song, I became really confused. I don't understand what it's supposed to be about. Even if I did, I really don't like this track too much. 5/10
"And not for all the bottles,
Or the million dollars,
Would I ever trade my fire"
10. I'll See You Again - A good song, but if you listen to it, it's quite sad! 7/10
"Then I stand on your shoulders
I see the way
Oh, and just beyond the breakers
Yeah, just me and my dad"
11. Stalled Out in the Doorway - Finishing up with the title, track, which to me has an almost sinister feel to it, but I love it! 8/10
"Get out, get out
Now you're stalled out in the doorway
Get out, get out
It's a cold year"
Overall rating = 7.2
My CD is somewhat different from the versions around online as it's the Canadian version, lacking a track called Easy Company.
While it's kind of rare over here, you can find this for a bargain 50p on Amazon Marketplace. Rumour has it Tomi is preparing his follow-up, and it should be good!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Come in 2s
2 Wait Until Morning
3 Everything Is Alright
4 Still in the Light
5 I Trust In (Family)
6 Sorry Again
8 Night Like This
9 Listen Isa
10 Easy Company
11 I'll Sea You Again
12 Stalled out in the Doorway