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Pentagon
August 28th 2012


1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Those mammoth songs feel so insubstantial, and the second song on the first disc is downright atrocious."
Nah that songs pretty good

DoubtGin
August 28th 2012


6752 Comments


AOTY

DoubtGin
August 28th 2012


6752 Comments


best band ever

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 28th 2012


4950 Comments


This thread is lunacy lunacy lunacy lunacy lunacy

LifeAsAChipmunk
August 28th 2012


4854 Comments


I've avoided this for a while now. I don't think I'll like it that much.

ProjectFreak
August 28th 2012


1411 Comments


I might have to try this, but I usually don't have the patience for massive opuses like this...

Great review though Sowing.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


19918 Comments


"For those of us that consume music like it's water"

I love it.

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Aspenshadow
August 28th 2012


311 Comments


Nothing about this album is engaging.

At all.

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


This thing is amazing. The opening track blows my mind.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For me, the best songs are The Seer Returns, 93 Ave B. Blues and Song For A Warrior.

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Cyanade1
August 28th 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The suspense...

What was Cyanade1 going to say?"


what is the point of this?

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


This is my first Swans album. What have I been missing? I want this now!

jjwitt
August 28th 2012


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This album is at least on par with Soundtracks for the Blind for me. It isn't as claustrophobic and downright oppressive (adjectives that i see as positive with Swans) but it is just as intense and more accomplished musically. As one reviewer wrote of Eden Prison, " the sound of the Swans represents a brutish classical music. It's not the loud arrogance and directionless rebellion of punk but a focused, emotional composition." Brutish classical is a great descriptor for this album especially. Huge pieces that morph and change with an attention to composition not shown by any band this heavy. Gira is one of the great songwriters of our time, thank god he brought Swans back.

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


I'm trying to find the talk Michael Gira did with Tom Fleming (Wild beasts) I'd really like to read that.

jjwitt, does Gira actually write songs? I mean, would you call what he does a songwriter or a composer? =P

Rikardur
August 28th 2012


731 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Gira is the bandleader. He is in charge of everything. He comes up with the songs main idea on
acoustic (the acoustic demos are so strange to hear after this) and gets all his trusted peeps
together and he gets them to help him form his BIG vision.

jjwitt
August 28th 2012


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Steo, maybe composer would be a better title considering the way I've heard their live sets work, not following the album verbatim but changing according to Gira's direction. I'll see in September

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


Yeah but it's certainly untraditional song writing to say the least.

Mike08
August 28th 2012


608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've listened to this so much. I love this record, except for parts of "The Seer" song. After the first big climax, the song at roughly 13 min goes into drone music mode, and I am bored after 2 minutes of this. Solid review

Steoandnoodles
August 28th 2012


2832 Comments


It's so frickin' long though. I mean, I have jazz albums I thought were a little ridiculous in length but two hours?

EyesWideShut
August 28th 2012


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"It's so frickin' long though"

the hell.. i combine this and soundtracks to create one album. now thats an experience.



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