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The Swingtips
Roswell

The Swingtips must be amazing live. They undoubtably put on a stage show that's completely over the top, with blaring horns and full throttle vocals. That's the impression one gets from listening to Roswell (Ghost Note Music), the latest release from the Phoenix-based combo (which Tower Records has called "One of the hottest original swing bands in the U.S."). Unfortunately, translated onto a CD, their energy and eclecticism at times comes off as too much camp, too little musicianship.

I've never been one for concept albums, so the premise of Roswell—aliens landing in the desert in search of good swing—was already lost on me. The narrator explains the scenario in the opening title track, which is followed by a lovely little Charleston ditty called "Cantina Band." The rest of the album is a mish-mosh of musical genres, from the tropical "Limbo" to the theme from James Bond and "Chupacabra Cha Cha." A couple of numbers stand out as eminently swingable, most notably "Sam the Clam" and the closing track, "Goodbye, Goodbye." Singer Kregg Barantine also turns in a stellar performance throughout. If you have a taste for retro kitsch and musical diversity, then Roswell may very well be for you. But if you prefer something more consistent, you may want to look elsewhere.

-Joanne O'Day

Visit the band online at www.swingtips.com.



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