Michael Gira/Dan Matz What We Did

As leader of one-time experimental art-rock project the Swans, this solo effort comes as a bit of a surprise, as the slow pace here would make a Cat Stevens record seem to rock your block off. While some of it almost sounds trippy, in that psychedelic, Doors-esque kind of way, no samples, noise or experimentation are used here, as this is just straight-ahead folky guitar soft rock. This collaboration is very low key, with each fellow contributing vocals and instrumentation (including everything from guitar and percussion to banjo and harmonica). Personally, I prefer the Swans' material, but Gira might argue that's like comparing apples with watermelons. Fair enough. What We Did is just a little too "Sunday afternoon at the neighbourhood coffee house watching two guys strum guitars" for my liking. (Young God)