Swans
Cop


4.0
excellent

Review

by War On Drugs: Suck My Cock USER (20 Reviews)
September 5th, 2012 | 42 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The aural equivalent of an ass-kicking.

The music of Swans' early period has been said to be "really like little else on the planet before or since" by Allmusic reviewer Ned Ragett, and the statement is truer than you might think. Nothing perhaps better personifies this uniqueness than their 1984 album Cop. Cop takes the crushing brutality of Filth and takes it into overdrive. The songs here are slower, sludgier, heavier and dirtier than anything they had done previously, and it packs a ***ing whallop. Listening to Cop is much like the aural equivalent of kicking someone's ass and having your ass kicked at the same time; it is a primal, satisfying experience, but it can also be an intensely painful one.

The switch from the faster tempos of Filth to the slower, sludgier ones found here is demonstrated quite well by the first track, "Half Life," and Cop only gets better from there. Songs like "Why Hide," "Your Property," and "Cop" are among the most primal, savage recordings the band ever made, and they paint a portrait of a dark, hopeless, and grueling industrial world where you are the slave and he is your master. You will submit, goddammit, or die trying.

Cop is one intense and fulfilling experience of an album. It has been called "one of the most brutal albums ever made" by some, and they are not lying. This is the human psyche at its most raw, disturbing, and violent, and consequently, in some twisted up sort of way, its most beautiful. If you haven't heard anything from Swans' early period yet, you're doing yourself a disservice.



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Idnuf
September 4th 2012


1491 Comments


who are these quotes supposed to be attributed to?

also one of your initial claims is that Cop is their most 'unique' album and then for the rest of the review it's explained to be Filth but slower and heavier

mindleviticus
September 4th 2012


8331 Comments


I would love to listen to more Swans, but..

I just don't really feel like listening to them. The Seer was enough for me woowee.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2012


50960 Comments


"who are these quotes supposed to be attributed to?"

abraham lincoln


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Idnuf
September 4th 2012


1491 Comments


ok your quick revisions have sort of improved the review, at least in clarity regarding the 'unique' bit

then again now we know you actually quoted an allmusic reviewer in the first sentence of your review which is overwhelmingly lame

eternium
September 4th 2012


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not my favorite Swans but still rules.

ThroneOfAgony
September 4th 2012


3485 Comments


Haven't heard this one yet but Filth ruled hard

sideburndude
September 4th 2012


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Public Castration...

KILL
September 4th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude review filth too!

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ILJ
September 4th 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*drum fill*

DUNDUN DUUUUN DUUUUUUUUUUN SQUEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

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Calc
September 4th 2012


12367 Comments


I just don't really feel like listening to them. The Seer was enough for me woowee. [2]

Sowing really created a monster with his review...


MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


You don't deserve to listen to Swans.

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


Figures you'd only hear of them now you little bastard.

ILJ
September 4th 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've already listened to part of it, just not all of it yet.

I've gotten all the way through Filth, Soundtracks, My Father, and obv the AOTY.

Oh, and The Great Annihilator.

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


You probably haven't even heard the Swans EP, you little asinine spectacle.

ILJ
September 4th 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at your dig

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


That's the first release of their discog, you fucking imbecile. You should've started there.

ILJ
September 4th 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What a shitty troll

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


End it all.

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


Crack up your vinyls, place them in a shotgun shell, and fire. Joey Brand Mouthwash.

MGMTBoys
September 4th 2012


272 Comments


Troll alt? Nah, it's me being bored and hating Lakes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR4JqXNCrjA



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