Review: Swansea Sound’s album ‘Twentieth Century’

Album Review

Swansea Sound

By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night Amsterdam

Review: Swansea Sound – Twentieth Century-Release date: September 8, 2023

Swansea Sound, the name of this quintet can be a giveaway to the the listeners who are familiar with Wales, UK, where this group originates from. At the same time ‘Twentieth Century’, the name of their latest album is another giveaway, as the sound and the lyrics is all references to the music and culture the band members raised from.

Actually, all the members should be quite familiar to those that followed the British pop rock scene of the late eighties and nineties since all of them were members of some of the seminal indie bands of the time – Hue Williams (C20 The Pooh Sticks), Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (both C20 Talulah Gosh/Heavenly, C21 The Catenary Wires), Bob Collins (C20 The Dentists, C21 The Treasures of Mexico), Ian Button, (C20 Death in Vegas, C21 with Louis Philippe, Pete Astor and Papernut Cambridge).

While the band keep that indie, tween-pop sound they are so familiar and good at, the album is full of, as they put it, “self-deprecating critiques of everything that was supposed to be great about the alternative culture of the Twentieth Century – and of the way that culture left its adherents totally ill-equipped to deal with the reality of the Twenty First.”

At the same time, album work any way you take it.









Ljubinko Zivkovic