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Yr Mechanic

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Posted - 09/02/2017 :  8:16:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After reading Adam's album rankings, I'm interested to know how others would rate the albums. I think enough time has passed so that we can see where I Wasn't Born to Lose You fits in our own minds--I agree with Adam that it stands with the best, although I wouldn't place it above a couple of others. I love all five Swervedriver albums, so even though I would also rank it #5, to me 99th Dream is still a classic.

For me, though, Mezcal Head stands above the rest. It's my favourite album by any band, and I've listened to it more than anything else, hundreds and hundreds of times. There's very little music that I listened to at 16 (when it came out) that still speaks to me at 40. Almost every track has been my favourite at some time during those 24 years.

I'm beyond psyched to be able to hear the whole thing next week in Toronto. If 40 didn't also bring along all the usual responsibilities, I would be tracking them all over North America in September.

So here's my list:

1) Mezcal Head
2) Ejector Seat Reservation
3) I Wasn't Born to Lose You
4) Raise
5) 99th Dream

Here's hoping that Album #6 takes a place near the top of the list...


United Kingdom
1049 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2017 :  06:49:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ask me again in 6 months and this might change, but at the moment:

1) I Wasn't Born to Lose You
2) Ejector Seat Reservation
3) Mezcal Head
4) Raise
5) 99th Dream

I like them all and I certainly don't think 99th is a bad LP. ESR beats Mezcal by a nose for me in terms of overall quality.

I think its a important to note that a lot of the best material ended up as B-sides.

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Driving Instructor

919 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2017 :  4:52:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1....(the next one!)

"Whatever happens your toes are still tappen"
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KM Atlanta

53 Posts

Posted - 09/05/2017 :  12:09:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
(the real #1 = Juggernaut Rides + B-Sides Compiled)
1. Mezcal Head
2. Raise
3. I Wasn't Born to Lose You
4. Ejector Seat Reservation
5. 99th Dream
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Driving Instructor

503 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2017 :  07:29:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1.) Mezcal Head
2.) Raise
3.) I Wasn't Born to Lose You
4.) Ejector Seat Reservation
5.) 99th Dream

This is hard to pick for me. Mezcal Head is the first album that I actually bought back in 94 or 95 so that's always going to be my favorite. I love Raise though because that's the only album with that sound and they played totally different with Graham on drums than with Jez. The rest of the albums are all great too, but it just depends on my mood. For me personally, there are a few tracks I skip on ESR and 99th, but Raise and Mezcal I play from start to finish every time.
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Posted - 09/07/2017 :  06:42:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1. Mezcal Head
2. Raise
3. Ejector Seat
4. 99th
5. Wasn't Born to Lose

It is certainly strange to completely disagree with the brilliant, thoughtful, honest, open and very sweet if you ever should run into him AF, but:
Mezcal for me is the most sonically complete across all four band members, structurally whole end to end, and the entire outro in the "wrong" US version pushes the whole experience into cinematically epic. There are songs that drive deep emotionally on variant levels, delicate intricacy perfectly balanced with crush and catharsis.
Raise while a bit more uneven as a whole, as to be expected, has some of the band's finest moments, songs I could listen to a million times.
ESR and 99th both have their peaks and valley, as does IWBTLY - and it may just be the case I need more time with the latter, but I think the bands greatest complexity across the whole range of instrumentation and open emotion tilts towards the earlier work. That said Swerves "worst" record is still a great one that gets a lot of spin for me.
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Assistant Driver

213 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2017 :  3:00:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1. Raise
2. I Wasn't Born To Lose You
3. Mezcal Head
4. Ejector Seat
5. 99th Dream

I would say it's very close between 1 & 2 for me, they could easily switch rank.

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29 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2017 :  10:59:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1. Mezcal Head (not crazy about these full album shows but if that's what it takes to get "A Change Is Gonna Come" live...)
2. 99th Dream (don't know if I made my case but, https://45rpy.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/swervedriver-99th-dream-1998/)
3. I Wasn't Born to Lose You (the crystalline production I've wanted for them and sublime tunes)
4. Raise (sometimes hard to find the songs through the murk and prefer Mustang Ford geared down just a tad live)
5. Ejector Seat Reservation (never quite connected with this one on the whole)
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