Man, do Swans love dishing out epic double live albums, it's like it's either two discs or
no discs with them. I didn't think it was possible to flesh out the brutal and engulfing
emotion in the songs on My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky even more than
it already was, but the 23 minute live rendition of "No Words/No Thoughts" proves otherwise.
The live preview demos of a handful of songs from the then-upcoming album The Seer
provide those sample compositions with a raw and un-mastered edge, and gives a viscerally
unsettling sense of foreboding to the album as a whole. If We Rose from Your Bed with the
Sun in Our Head shows anything, it's that Swans can do no wrong in concert, and further
proves that the band's live performances have a masterful capability of conveying the
experience's power and staying effect through the album format just as well.
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