Swans The Burning World
3.2 Release Date: 1989
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4.5 superbRiviere | February 28th 13

3.2? How dare all of you.

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3.0 goodBrendan M. | June 20th 14

Children of God was, simply put, a thought-provoking, emotional masterpiece. It had taken in the gothic strokes of Joy Division, the pounding brutality of past Swans, and some absolutely beautiful folk music to create a unique masterpiece. But, I highly doubt anyone saw this coming. Maybe if they knew Swans were going to be on a major label, but holy crap is this different. By stripping absolutely every element of their past heaviness, Swans simply made a folk (rock?) album. While it's easily their most accessible album, it also sounds rather overproduced, soft, and full of filler. Sure, songs such as God Damn the Sun and The River That Runs With Love Won't Run Dry are fantastic, it doesn't feel good as a whole package, rarely exceeding the "good" level. There is potential in here, but it isn't used to it's fullest, which is where the album falls short. Michael Gira himself abhors this record, and it's easy to see why, since this is probably the weakest Swans album there is. But, despite all odds, it's solid enough to earn a 3. So overall, a disappointing affair, but some gems are in here if you're willing to wade through some filler. 3.1/5

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3.5 greatSticksmanTheBored | April 12th 14

"(She's A) Universal Emptiness", "Mona Lisa, Mother Earth" and "Jane Mary, Cry One Tear" are
sheer brilliance. Sure, this has filler, like "Saved" and "Remember Who You Are", but it
doesn't keep it from being brilliant at times and overall a great record. It's the Swans
showcasing a poppier version of their trademark a priori Annihilator/Soundtracks sound.

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2.5 averageboth saved my life on separate occasions | April 3rd 14

I can't believe it's not Swans!

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3.5 greatDanny A. III | July 29th 14
1.5 very poorTheHaven | July 29th 14
3.5 greatComeToDaddy | July 29th 14
2.0 poorSpinnakerLounge | July 28th 14
3.5 greatBurnTheFloor | July 27th 14
4.0 excellentIramOfThePillars | July 26th 14
4.0 excellentno andcas | July 26th 14
4.0 excellentCagneys | July 26th 14
4.0 excellentModerno | July 24th 14
4.0 excellentTVparty | July 22nd 14
4.0 excellentDolceGelato | July 21st 14
3.5 greatdeathschool | July 20th 14
2.5 averageTheLowdown | July 20th 14
3.0 goodRather be forgotten than remembered for giving in | July 17th 14
4.0 excellentGreen Baron | July 17th 14
3.5 greatSeedsofNone | July 16th 14
1.5 very poorTheManhattanRoom | July 15th 14
3.0 goodecm1285 | July 13th 14
2.5 averagelaacuks | July 13th 14
1.0 awfulCal665 | July 13th 14
3.0 goodNoiseconsciousness | July 5th 14
3.0 goodTheAverageJC | June 26th 14
3.5 greatAngryNeighbor | June 23rd 14
3.5 greatClitTounge | June 22nd 14
2.0 poorGraveyard | June 22nd 14
3.5 greatthatdamnpunk | June 15th 14
3.5 greatm3tallives | June 13th 14
3.5 greatElBartoDeZaragoza | June 11th 14
3.0 goodAndrew Gold CONTRIBUTOR | June 8th 14
5.0 classicBob Bushman | June 7th 14
3.5 greatannamolly | June 4th 14
4.0 excellent420blazeitfggt | June 3rd 14
3.0 goodMadGrinder | June 3rd 14
4.5 superbJon Hamm | June 3rd 14
2.5 averageCarcass427 | May 20th 14
4.0 excellentHarrySmalldini97 | May 17th 14
4.0 excellentMeruem | May 8th 14
3.0 goodAlex R. | May 5th 14
3.0 goodUqnivde | April 28th 14
2.0 poorsamulder | April 20th 14
4.0 excellentgryndstone | April 17th 14
3.0 goodMrYeeepa | April 14th 14
3.0 goodMax Paradise | April 12th 14
3.5 greatdre517 | April 12th 14
2.5 averageDreamingWithTheDead | April 8th 14
4.0 excellentflyus | April 7th 14
4.0 excellentcharlesdivision | April 6th 14
3.0 goodRadioSuicide | April 4th 14
3.0 goodBleachedNirvana | April 2nd 14
3.0 goodSuicideVeil90 | April 2nd 14
2.5 averageQuinn | April 1st 14
4.5 superbredswan | March 23rd 14
5.0 classicitchy | March 12th 14
4.5 superbJust letting my inner itchy flow | March 6th 14
3.5 greatPeporro98 | February 24th 14
3.5 greatBazoople | February 23rd 14
3.0 goodJustin Swope | February 22nd 14
4.0 excellentSithese | February 17th 14
4.0 excellentSpookySkeletman | February 16th 14
4.0 excellentJeremy Vee | February 12th 14
3.5 greatDeSadeDisciple | February 12th 14
3.0 goodi'm here to spook you {^: | February 5th 14
3.5 greatseb wang | February 1st 14
2.5 averageZenSpiderland | January 22nd 14
4.0 excellentV2D3 | January 14th 14
3.0 goodGobbles308 | January 14th 14
2.5 averageChristian Molander | January 11th 14
2.0 poorGtzk | January 5th 14
4.0 excellentcb123 | January 3rd 14
2.5 averageUnkleFeel | January 2nd 14
2.5 averagenwhitmore | December 30th 13
3.5 greatMatthew Hopkins, The Witchfinder General | December 28th 13
3.5 greatfvcksovtrvth | December 26th 13
2.0 poorTheSilentObserver | December 23rd 13
3.5 greatHolyMoney | December 17th 13
4.5 superbGrandpa Seth | December 11th 13
3.0 goodlivingisland | December 7th 13
2.5 averageGetOutOfMyHouse | November 27th 13
2.5 averageKingsLeadHat | November 22nd 13
3.0 gooddonkey teeth | November 15th 13
3.5 greatunkle | November 6th 13
3.5 greatJBull | October 15th 13
4.0 excellentGrimsby | October 13th 13
4.5 superbjackboblamont | October 5th 13
3.0 goodwhipwhip | September 23rd 13
3.5 greatBroManCaptainGuySirDylan | September 17th 13
3.0 goodRyan "Shitdick" Willis | August 23rd 13
1.5 very poorEddieBear | August 22nd 13
3.5 greaticatchthirtythree | August 12th 13
2.5 averageArel | June 25th 13
3.0 goodGrayson Hale | June 24th 13
4.5 superbporkslap88 | June 18th 13
2.5 averageLFarrell | June 7th 13
2.5 averageDUIF | May 21st 13
3.0 goodEscain | May 16th 13
2.5 averageTheNexus100 | May 7th 13
4.0 excellentSempiternal1998 | April 16th 13
3.5 greatRad Crawlson | April 13th 13
3.0 goodKit Brown | April 7th 13
2.5 averageAPJ90 | April 1st 13
4.0 excellentsharmz | March 21st 13
2.0 poorRobVanSchuldiner | March 21st 13
4.5 superbphakejohnlennon | March 20th 13
2.0 poorsamtopia | March 8th 13
1.5 very poorRobVanHood | March 1st 13
2.0 poorDirtBagDan | February 23rd 13
2.0 poorSo that escalated quickly | February 23rd 13
3.0 goodTWIGtheWONDERKID | February 23rd 13
3.5 greatquelus | February 23rd 13
3.0 goodthewitcher | February 18th 13
4.0 excellentJesus: version buddha 3.9 | February 5th 13
2.5 averagexplosive59 | January 15th 13
3.5 greatQualieFudaBeeWud | January 5th 13
4.0 excellentMeshike | December 24th 12
3.5 greatdeathsstroke | December 22nd 12
3.0 goodKinski | December 15th 12
3.5 greatEdgyMessiah | November 20th 12
3.0 goodBenjamin Bland | November 13th 12
2.5 averageKhailen | November 6th 12
3.0 goodstreetcleaner | October 26th 12
2.0 poorYou Are My Everlovin' | October 21st 12
4.0 excellentchaos17 | October 13th 12
2.5 averagephallacious | September 30th 12
3.0 goodRaccoonology | September 26th 12
3.0 goodHost78 | September 16th 12
3.5 greatArik Manley | September 11th 12
3.0 goodWes Williams | September 8th 12
3.0 goodTheTruthPig | September 6th 12
3.0 goodTheBodyBag | September 4th 12
5.0 classicdollsteak | August 21st 12
3.5 greatOphion | August 8th 12
3.0 goodThomas Michael Morris | July 31st 12
3.0 goodMercenarion | July 30th 12
3.0 goodVagitarianZombie | July 29th 12
2.5 averagerokknroll4 | June 24th 12
3.5 greatprog sux | May 28th 12
3.0 goodPolyethylene | May 26th 12
4.0 excellentNeoteric | April 18th 12
4.0 excellentFoaming | April 17th 12
2.5 averageCloudKids | March 13th 12
3.0 goodDraven65 | February 21st 12
5.0 classicApplebite | February 18th 12
3.5 greatAtlas99 | January 7th 12
3.5 greatLeHoneybadger | December 29th 11
3.0 goodOblomov | December 13th 11
3.0 goodCountZero50 | October 24th 11
3.0 goodBlade86 | October 18th 11
3.5 greatstfrnz | August 17th 11
1.0 awfulGoatlord | August 7th 11
2.5 averagePierre Hysterical | July 7th 11
3.0 goodDarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR | May 15th 11
3.5 greatBsloth | April 24th 11
2.5 averagedfumagalli236 | January 10th 11
4.5 superbmrfixit | December 9th 10
4.0 excellentMikk | November 2nd 10
3.5 greatKanye West | August 17th 10
3.5 greatRiderontheStorm | August 15th 10
1.5 very poorIAJP | August 14th 10

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