As another review stated, the previous Athlete album, Beyond The Neighbourhood, divided opinion. The mood was more ambient, a few shades darker, with fewer "stand out" tracks. I liked it, but I always liked Tourist more.
Black Swan returns the Athlete sound to that of Half Light and Wires, a bit more anthemic, and the opening number "The Superhuman Touch" is an indicator that the mood is brighter.
I really enjoy listening to this album, but it doesn't stray far from previous releases. Is this because the previous album simply didn't sell, or did they just have to get that out of their system? Either way, my wife was humming along to this album during the first hearing, commenting how she hadn't "heard this song in a while", before being told that she'd never heard it before.
So perhaps an accurate summary of Athlete. If you like their previous material, you'll like this, even though it sounds like you've heard it before.