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Swimmingly

by Marie Frank

Smart and sweet folk pop with slight americana tinges
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Swimmingly
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2. Drowningly
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3. Scrabble-Ina
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4. Whoops Wrong Daisy
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5. As Is
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6. Rust In Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Scandinavian charmer Marie Frank has delighted music fans since the release of her popular 1999 debut album "Ancient Pleasures" (BMG/RCA).

Two Top 10 hits, an international dance floor smash as Frankee (Under The Water), and two arms full of Danish Grammys made for a pretty good year. In 2001, her second CD "Vermilion" (BMG/RCA) brought music lovers more of the same ... only better.

This year, Marie Frank's new mini-album, "Swimmingly" is being hailed as her best record yet.
One respected writer called it "deeply demure and wonderfully wry." Another praised it as a refreshing alternative to the current wave of Scandinavian pop, "a brilliant musical stroke in a sea of sameness."

But "Swimmingly" is more than just Miss Marie's latest release ... it is the story of an independent-minded artist's break from her major-label past and the tale of how fate works in mysterious ways.

You see, Marie was one song short of finishing her first album in New York City when fate brought her back to The Living Room, the downtown hipster hangout where Norah Jones got her start. On the small stage, American rock-poet Neill C. Furio was one verse into a set of new songs when tip-toeing Marie accidentally caused a ruckus. When Neill stopped his chorus mid-couplet, little did he know that the song he was singing would complete "Ancient Pleasures".

And when Marie and her band recorded that song, the drop-tuned Rockette 88, little did anyone know that it wasn't the last of Neill's songs she would sing.

Fate must have planted the seed in New York that would blossom in Scandanavia this spring, because after two gold records, four years of wishing, five(!) Danish Grammys, and hundreds of concerts and TV appearances with her fabulous band, "Swimmingly" is a reality.

Written entirely by Neill and atmospherically produced by Marie's drummer and music partner Kent Olsen (with Neill on hand), "Swimmingly" finds Marie Frank singing both bittersweet and sweetly wistful story-songs in a flickering wide-screen range of dreamy pop-noir places that envelope her familiar voice in a whole new way.

As a lovingly engraved "thank you" to her longtime fans and a beautifully developed departure from the confines of record-label expectations, "Swimmingly" is a funny, moving, haunting, whimsical, sad, and entertaining song-cycle that (in 24 minutes) covers half a lifetime of joyfully lost innocence and better-late-than-never-found experience.

Opening with Neill's moonlit cricket-accompanied recitation, "Swimmingly" floats fom the teenaged lakeside lament of Drowningly to the drizzly modal plea of Scrabble-ina. The dizzy self-effacing summer breezy hit parade of Whoops Wrong Daisy fades into the defiant electric explosion of As Is, which is sung from an overlooked antique watch's point of view. Last is the mini-album's fitting coda, the woody and elegiac goodbye hymn Rust In Peace.

Fittingly, the danish press has been rapturous:

"In a world that has been styled to death, what has happened to sweetness?" asks Information's Torben Bille, who answers, "I have found it, and its name is Marie Frank. Marie sings like no one else ... articulate, guileless, inviting, yet tantilizingly out of reach. With spider-web strong yet delicate songs, Swimmingly is understated and elegant, a quiet triumph full of quirky unexpected turns and enough space to let your own dreams and memories wander."

No less than Politiken writes, "Swimmingly is dusty, warm, melancholy, and charming. It offers love songs that are both colorful and cunning."

And Danish Radio has heard the news: The first single, Whoops Wrong Daisy, has been on the radio hit list since the week it popped out.

Conceived in New York City and born in Copenhagen, "Swimmingly" is a Danish-American kaleidoscope of words and music and feelings from days gone by ... and for better days ahead.

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Swoosie

Where's Neill Furio's CD?
Marie Frank has a lovely voice, and here it's paired with Neill C. Furio's teasingly flirty lyrics and catchy music. I have no idea how "Whoops Wrong Daisy" isn't on the radio here all the time (as it is in Denmark). The songs are clever, but more than that, they carry you through every emotion. They're love song and dirge, woo and farewell. Each listen reveals another layer to the lyrics.

It was a real find to get this CD. Marie's voice is puckish and I was humming the tunes after the first listen. I just did a search on "sounds like Edie Brickell," and this CD came up. Glad I took a chance. Check it out, give it a whirl.
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Meritxell


Great CD. Marie Frank Knows how to trasnport you into every story. Poetic, Sweet, charming and refreshing CD. It makes you travel. I Loved it !
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jaime ohlsson

discovering marie frank
First being turned onto the Danish Marie Frank's warm, rich, and vibrant vocals as she backs up Howe Gelb on "The Listener." Then being sent a bootleg, which has Frank singing "Scrabble-Ina" and "Whoops Wrong Daisy" while opening for Howe in Germany. The genius of these simple, sweet pop ditties convinces me to purchase Marie Frank's "Swimmingly" from CD Baby.

I discover that Frank did not write the songs herself but that they are by one Neil C. Furio. Nonetheless, it is the album I cannot stop ingesting at least once a week for several months. It's so refreshing, so sixties folksy, so pleasant that I wish my whole music collection would change accordingly forever.

Frank has the charm of Nancy Sinatra but more class. Her delivery is impish and precise, and her voice reaches levels from sexy to baby kitten-y. One time I played her music on my radio show, and a caller asked if she was Bjork. Granted, they both have Scandinavian accents in a similar vein of music, yet Frank is not as obscure.

The whole theme of "Swimmingly" is one of love, getting lost in it, and swimming around for a while before coming up for air. With the first song of whispered "sweet nothings" about skinny-dipping, I am reminded that the warmer weather is right around the corner. "Scrabble-ina" takes the cake for being the most creative, telling the tale of a scrabble game date between two lost in love and not knowing how to handle its delicacy. Choked with emotion, Frank says goodbye in the heartbreaking "Rust in Peace."
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Derwyn J.

Sweet and haunting
Listening to "Swimmingly" is like floating in a moonlit lake--serene yet wet with buoyant sound.

It's a shame it's such a short album, but all the songs are really good and stay fresh through repeated listenings. (I'd say it's about as long as most other artists' albums would be, if they just dropped the mediocre songs.)

Marie Frank has a sweet, inviting voice, and the arrangements don't overwhelm it. Lyrically, the songs are a good deal more literate than the average pop song. I wondered whether that's despite or because of the fact that the singer is Danish, but then I read that all the songs were written by an American. (Which in turn makes me wonder if talented Americans are finding Europe a more hospitable environment for art and music these days.)

Anyone who's ever whiled away the time harvesting an entire field of daisies in search of one with the right petal count will identify with the song Whoops Wrong Daisy. That song has a seriously infectious melody, too. Yet my favorite song on the album is probably As Is, which uses a watch metaphor to describe being underappreciated. The lyrics--and in fact the album as a whole--support the adage that less is more. As Is also features some inventive, soul-searing sounds--like an electric eel zapping through our midnight swimming hole (though the credits mention something about an angry bee).

Like a "loves me" daisy, "Swimmingly" is a good summer pick.
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Sarah B.

Witty and fulfilling
I loved this. A great summer album. Marie Frank has a sweet and interesting voice and the album is filled with witty lyrics and catchy tunes.
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Collected Sounds

Love it
"Drowningly" is a gorgeous techno-ish song that actually does make you feel like you're in water. It's got a beautiful melody that uses minor chords giving the listener a bit of an uneasy feeling as well as calm...which I am told drowning is very much like anyway. This is a great CD
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