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Teddy Swims' 'I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)' Album Review - 8/10

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October 15, 2023

Released on September 15, 2023, "I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)" is a 10-track project that explores Teddy Swims' soul, offering listeners a front-row seat to his emotional journey.

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he Teddy Swims' "I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)" debut album, opens with "Some Things I'll Never Know," a track that sets the emotional tone for the entire project. The lyrics, 'When did your heart let me go? I guess, some things, I'll never know,' encapsulate the album's overarching theme of navigating the complexities of love and loss. It's a song that serves as a prologue to a deeply personal journey, setting the stage for an album.

Teddy Swims single cover for "What more can I say"

Then comes "Lose Control," a track that's nothing short of a revelation. The song is a sonic and emotional powerhouse, with Swims' vocals taking center stage. The raw emotional intensity that Swims brings to the table is palpable, sending shivers down the spine. The lyrics, 'I lose control when you're not next to me,' delve into the destructive nature of dependency in relationships. It's a song that leaves an indelible mark, both musically and emotionally.

'Problem is when I'm with you, I'm an addict
And I need some relief, my skin in your teeth
Can't see the forest through the trees
Got me down on my knees, darling, please, oh'

"The Door" offers a surprising juxtaposition of upbeat melodies and a powerful message. The lyrics, 'I said I would die for you, baby, but tonight I saved my life when I showed you the door,' encapsulate the struggle between love and self-preservation. It's a track that challenges the listener to confront their own emotional boundaries, wrapped in an up-beat, almost paradoxical musical arrangement.

Teddy Swims photoshoot for album release "I've tried everything but therapy"

"Suitcase" is another standout, a comforting sonic embrace that provides solace in a time of emotional upheaval. Described as a "warm hug" for anyone navigating the aftermath of a breakup, it's a track that resonates deeply with listeners, offering a sense of comfort and understanding.

The album was largely written during a five-day writing camp in Palm Springs, California, where Swims poured his emotions into the music following a personal breakup. The result is a cohesive narrative that takes the listener on an emotional journey, from the depths of heartbreak to the heights of self-discovery.

Managed by Luke Conway, Swims has been strategic about his career. His journey took a significant turn in June 2019 when his cover of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" went viral. This led to a record deal with Warner Records on Christmas Eve of the same year. The album showcases Swims' vocal prowess and songwriting skills, marking him as an artist to watch.

Teddy Swims performing live "I lose control'

"I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1)" is a compelling debut that marks Teddy Swims as an artist to watch. With a blend of emotional honesty and musical versatility, the album stands as a significant milestone in his evolving career earning a solid 8/10 from PopFiltr.

The album is not just a collection of songs but a cohesive narrative that speaks to the complexities of the human experience. From the depths of heartbreak to the heights of self-discovery, Teddy Swims has crafted an album that resonates on multiple levels, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in the emotional intricacies of modern relationships.


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