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The Black Swan


Download links and information about The Black Swan by The Triffids. This album was released in 1989 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 36 tracks with total duration of 02:04:18 minutes.

Artist: The Triffids
Release date: 1989
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 36
Duration: 02:04:18
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No. Title Length
1. Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think 4:01
2. American Sailors 0:48
3. Falling Over You 3:41
4. Goodbye Little Boy 3:26
5. Bottle of Love 2:52
6. Go Home Eddie 2:36
7. The Spinning Top Song 3:34
8. Butterflies Into Worms 3:18
9. Can't Help Falling In Love 3:10
10. New Years Greetings 5:43
11. Good Fortune Rose 3:31
12. Shell of the Man 3:59
13. One Mechanic Town 3:10
14. Jack's Hole 2:57
15. Blackeyed Susan 4:01
16. You Minus Me 2:39
17. The Clown Prince 4:36
18. Fairytale Love 4:00
19. How Could I Help But Love You 3:53
20. Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think (Alternative Version) 4:23
21. American Sailors (Alternative Version) 1:07
22. Why Don't You Leave for Good This Time (David McComb Solo Version) 1:56
23. Bottle of Love (Demo Version) 3:35
24. The Spinng Top Song (The VB Mix) 3:30
25. Butterflies Into Worms (Alternative Version) 2:49
26. New Years Greetings (Alternative Version) 6:24
27. Good Fortune Rose (Demo Version) 3:27
28. One Mechanic Town (Live Demo Version) 3:25
29. Jack's Hole 2:59
30. Blackeyed Susan (Demo Version) 3:55
31. You Minus Me (Demo Version) 2:42
32. The Clown Prince (Demo Version) 5:20
33. Fairytale Love (Demo) 4:50
34. (You've Got) A Funny Way of Showing You Love Me (Unused Demo) 2:12
35. No More After You 3:09
36. In the Dark 2:40



The unpredictability and diversity of The Black Swan undoubtedly challenged longtime Triffids fans. With producer Stephen Street, the band trades Calenture's wide-screen orchestrations and grand-scale arrangements for a more direct, more honed sound, also making greater use of the burgeoning digital technology of the late '80s. And while previous Triffids albums were never homogeneous, on The Black Swan strikingly disparate stylistic elements rub shoulders, sometimes during the same song, from opera to funk to jazz to rap and hip-hop. Frontman David McComb saw the potential of rap and hip-hop to reenergize rock's increasingly dull, uniform idiom and several numbers blend genres in modest but prescient ways. Funky electronic beats, synths, guitar loops, and sampled horns weave through "The Spinning Top Song" and McComb raps, after a fashion, on "Falling Over You." His eclectic vision finds many expressions here: "One Mechanic Town" gallops along with Morricone-esque western flourishes, "The Clown Prince" suggests cabaret music, mixing accordion-driven tango with Rita Menéndez's operatic vocals and there's a hint of '50s pop about "Fairytale Love." Elsewhere, Jill Birt's little-girl voice and an electronic sheen make "Goodbye Little Boy" one of the band's purest pop statements. While the Triffids explore new ground and refuse to settle into a formulaic identity, the one constant here is the strength of McComb's songwriting, which displays new levels of confidence and adventurousness. Indeed, the evocative "Too Hot to Move, Too Hot to Think," the austere, spooky "Blackeyed Susan," and the moving, country-flavored ballad "New Year's Greetings" are career highlights. The Black Swan isn't the band's most consistent, seamless statement; like its namesake, the album is a curious, contradictory beast with nomadic tendencies. Above all, it offers a fascinating glimpse of the myriad directions the Triffids might have taken, had this not been their swan song.