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Black Swan is the fourth album by Englishmarker rock band Athlete. released on August 24, 2009 it is their first release with Fiction Records. The album charted in the UK at number 18 on the 30th of August. The first single lifted from the album, "Superhuman Touch", was released on August 17, 2009 while "The Getaway" is lifted as the first single in the US.

Joel Pott explained the album title: "We read an article about Nassim Nicholas Taleb and his book The Black Swan. He was saying that our lives are made up of a handful of significant shocks, good or bad. That's exactly how our journey has been over the last six years. We've had lots of unexpected highs and lows, as a band and as people." Black Swan comes from a desire for "getting the songs across as much as we could".

Track listing

  1. "Superhuman Touch" - 3:58
  2. "The Getaway" - 4:32
  3. "Black Swan Song" - 4:50
  4. "Don't Hold Your Breath" - 4:34
  5. "Love Come Rescue" - 2:53
  6. "Light the Way" - 5:27
  7. "The Unknown" - 4:44
  8. "The Awkward Goodbye" - 3:59
  9. "Magical Mistakes" - 4:43
  10. "Rubik's Cube" - 4:31

Bonus CD (Deluxe Edition)

  1. "Lucky As Hell" - 0:45
  2. "Animations" - 3:13
  3. "Wild Wolves" - 3:02
  4. "Sky Diver" - 3:39
  5. "Ordinary Angel" - 3:49
  6. "Black Swan Song (Acoustic)" - 4:55
  7. "Needle on a Record" - 2:40


Black Swan debuted at number 18 on the official UK album charts.

Chart Providers Peak

UK Album Charts BPI 18 -


  3. Black Swan Song Songfacts

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