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06.05.14 Overhyped In 201405.07.14 Everything Is Jams
05.04.14 April 2014 Digs05.01.14 Baby Birds Rule
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Overhyped In 2014

Handful of albums that have received more praise than their content warrants. I actually enjoyed all of these, but I just don't understand what makes them particularly special.
To Be Kind

May as well get the obvious one out of the way. To Be Kind is, so far, the album that I've enjoyed the least from Swans discog. There are some brilliant ideas here, but it plays on them to the point of exhaustion. "But that's the point" you might say, but 40 minutes of material thinned out over 2 hours is not my idea of a masterpiece.
2Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants

I liked the bluesy, almost-gospel music vibe I got from this, and I didn't really mind his gurgling vox, however tacky they may have been. While the individual tracks are strong when isolated, the album begins to falter over the course of a whole listen.
3Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion

If every song on here was as good as Woven Web then it would be one of my favourites of the year, but unfortunately the only track that comes close is Another Year. Overall, the whole thing sounds a little sterile and passionless.
4The Mire
Glass Cathedrals

Instrumentation is a little bland and the vocals are pretty weak, basically. A couple of the progressions are quite interesting but not enough to compensate for the lack of energy in the performances.
5The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

This is probably more of an "I don't get it" entry than a legitimate quarrel with the album. The emo and post-hardcore elements are handled surprisingly well, to the point where I actually find this thing palatable, but the vocal delivery and overly prominent pop sensibilities are just a little to much for me.
Melting Sun

First of all, anyone who compares this to Sunbather is an idiot cause this sounds nothing like Sunbather. Secondly, my issue with this is largely the same as my issue with Swans, in that there isn't enough interesting material to hold my attention to the full extent. That and the songs are super predictable. That said, this is aesthetically pleasant enough to make it good dozing off/background music, but nothing more.
7St. Vincent
St. Vincent

Fripper is a turd
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