Swans 'To Be Kind' Streaming
2014-05-05 by Danny A. III | 49 Comments
Swan's new album To Be Kind can be streamed in its entirety at NPR Music:

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/04/308392426/first-listen-swans-to-be-kind
Tagged: Swans

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
21841 Comments


inb4ahundredreviews

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2014
6345 Comments


Internet has become an abyss of album streams, which is a good thing.

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Veldin
May 5th 2014
1680 Comments


yay, my sputnik contribution went thru. This album sounds even better now compared to the shoddy leak.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014
16163 Comments


think i need more staying power, got 15 mins in and that 2 hr running time started looking like the north face of the eiger

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aircycle
May 5th 2014
1023 Comments


guys what if this album was recorded in 96kbps??????

fromtheinside
May 5th 2014
19206 Comments



0.0 Eric | March 22nd 14

ugh please nobody bump those Lambda or Jacob Royal soundoffs this is Swans not A Lot Like Birds or Protest the Hero or some shit have some fucking respect

71 Bumps | Bump

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Amebix
May 5th 2014
240 Comments


boring and....
boring and did I mention...
boooooring....
that this CD is the most fucking boring thing I ever forced myself to listen thru.

It leaked weeks ago and did I mention...
it is the most boring thing ever recorded in the history of music?

No songwriting here...
not enough noise to call this noisy...
no talent...

Geez...Swans always were mediocre...
but this is so....boooooooring.

aircycle
May 5th 2014
1023 Comments


just a little boy is cool and all but it slows the album down a shit load as the 2nd track

zaruyache
May 5th 2014
7441 Comments


Idk I like it. I like all of it.

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Veldin
May 5th 2014
1680 Comments


especially that part where michael goes "wwaaaa wooohhhh waaaa"

clander270
May 5th 2014
178 Comments


This is probably the best album I've ever listened to in my entire life ever

Uranium
May 5th 2014
7319 Comments


i fucking love this album and i can't wait to get my greasy little hands on a better quality rip

Nikkolae
May 5th 2014
4877 Comments


how fucking long is this?

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aircycle
May 5th 2014
1023 Comments


it's like twice as long as lateralus

Clefairy
May 5th 2014
73 Comments


need 2 check

Nikkolae
May 5th 2014
4877 Comments


"it's like twice as long as lateralus"

maaaaaaaaaan fuck that

RogueNine
May 5th 2014
1423 Comments


Already 100+ ratings for this.

And that album average, holy balls.

zaruyache
May 5th 2014
7441 Comments


It leaked like a month ago.

ilikedthehimymfinale
May 5th 2014
2 Comments


Is it true that St. Vincent does guest vocals on this album?

Green Baron
May 5th 2014
20354 Comments


Come on, the 4.4 is a classic case of the Chevelle.

Green Baron
May 5th 2014
20354 Comments


Remember when Chevelle was 4.3?

This will plummet hard in the next few weeks.

RogueNine
May 5th 2014
1423 Comments


It won't last but still.

RogueNine
May 5th 2014
1423 Comments


There's still Trophy Scars.

TheSupernatural
May 5th 2014
1298 Comments


Trophy Scars needs to get their new album on Spotify

TheSupernatural
May 5th 2014
1298 Comments


"To Be Kind continues on in much the same fashion for 122 ominous minutes..."

Well, fuck. I am not listening to 2 hours of Swans again. The Seer was enough of a chore to get through

gryndstone
May 5th 2014
361 Comments


it's not as much of a chore though, tbh. The title track of the seer was just painfully boring, took everything to halt. Nothing like that here.

Bring The Sun is the musical equivalent of summoning a world-destroying demon in your living room

dimsim3478
May 5th 2014
5434 Comments


Gonna wait for a good rip that I can take around on my iPod but yeah, can't wait for the reviews.

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Solbrave
May 6th 2014
318 Comments


>swans is boring
>only has their last two albums rated

y'all are some huge fucking plebs

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Solbrave
May 6th 2014
318 Comments


and that fucker has the new agalloch and the new cynic at 5.0 and he's criticizing swans for being boring

f u c k i n g p l e b

Solbrave
May 6th 2014
318 Comments


god...fucking everyone in this comment thread has either only listened to the seer or the seer + my
father

i quit sputnik

Rowan5215
May 6th 2014
28933 Comments


Brevity has never exactly been their strong point

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dimsim3478
May 6th 2014
5434 Comments


god...fucking everyone in this comment thread has either only listened to the seer or the seer + my
father


The reason for this is that Swans albums are fucking behemoths, length-wise and content-wise. People can fall in love with The Seer and stay in love with that album for ages because they don't have two hours every day to listen to it the way that they can cut out 20 minutes of a day to listen a Touche Amore album in full, as much as they might want to. Additionally, each Swans album is fairly dense stuff that needs a few listens to process. To go onto another Swans album before fulfilling your appetite for (i.e. wearing out) the current one is something that people may not be inclined to do. Even if you have fully explored whichever Swans album you're currently on, the prospect of tackling another gigantic record immediately afterward over any other album by any other artist that you may want to explore probably isn't a natural choice.

Having said that, y'all motherfuckers need to hear the rest of this shit.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014
16163 Comments


Didn't sound dense to me, more like rarified stretching ideas thin

Wizard
May 6th 2014
19646 Comments


Love this album to bits but fuck, people already going off the rails and rating this like Agalloch.

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014
1733 Comments


Bring the sun.

North0House2
May 6th 2014
5889 Comments


I guess now I need to block out some time to listen to this. I still jam most of their stuff in my car on a regular basis... so I should love this as well.

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aircycle
May 6th 2014
1023 Comments


this album is far too long but the 34 min track is the best

FruityCatOfDoom
May 6th 2014
2140 Comments


Ive been waiting for a good quality stream. Yay!

Ive been eating through the Swans discography lately and this is definitely one of my favorite releases.

Nikkolae
May 6th 2014
4877 Comments


just got done with this and it slays, way better than The Seer but thats just my opinion

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014
21841 Comments


first song is really good

Amebix
May 6th 2014
240 Comments


nobody could pay me enough to listen again to this boring garbage...

sapient
May 6th 2014
2165 Comments


Frippertronics
May 5th 2014

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you want a better case Hong?

St. Vincent. 4.7. Never forget.





How about in 2012 with Koi No Yokan. 4.9. Never Forget

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jtswope
May 6th 2014
2509 Comments


"god...fucking everyone in this comment thread has either only listened to the seer or the seer + my
father

i quit sputnik"

Chill, I've heard/own every Swans album. Do I get a cookie? But yeah everyone should at least hear Soundtracks, Children of God, White Light, Great Annihilator, and Filth before hearing the new one.

Solbrave
May 6th 2014
318 Comments


i mean good for you then you're not a fucking pleb

Nikkolae
May 7th 2014
4877 Comments


ya'll take this shit way too srsly, is just music ppl

Solbrave
May 7th 2014
318 Comments


i understand i'm getting incredibly bootybothered over something completely inconsequential but there's scores of people who are like "wow swans time for another borefest" and when I ask them "what albums did you not like by them?" they just answer "uuh uh uhuh uuuwell the seer kinda sucked"

just makes me want to shit in a box and slam dunk that box over a small child's head

weedblunt
May 7th 2014
558 Comments


any band that makes albums this long can fuck off right out of existence

TheSupernatural
May 7th 2014
1298 Comments


I honestly listen to very few albums over 50 minutes anymore. I just don't have the time to sit through them. The last album I forced myself to listen to was Songs for the Death, and it was over an hour half wasted.

If Swans could make an album of decent length, I might listen to it.

Solbrave
May 7th 2014
318 Comments


i mean i fuck hard with keiji haino so i'm used to long-ass albums. i can get not wanting to listen to two hours of music



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