Swans
Holy Money


3.5
great

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (83 Reviews)
August 16th, 2014 | 66 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With vicious instrumentation and cold vocal performances, Holy Money is worth the money and/or effort just for the experience.

Almost all of Swans' albums make you "experience" things. What I mean is, you feel certain things when listening to Swans that you don't feel when listening to anything else. Filth, a very violent record, makes you feel like you're being beaten down by a man with all his might, Cop includes a very hopeless feeling, as if you were being chased down and you have nobody to go to for help, Greed and (more specifically) its sister record, Holy Money, makes you feel confused, depressed and on the edge of losing everything you have.

While Greed was a rather unsatisfying and forgettable effort, Holy Money is a strong record that improves apon not only Greed's set backs, but even the band's best talents. Front man Michael Gira takes a different approach with his vocals. Before, he would growl, yell, cry, and howl like a rabid animal hunting down it's prey, here, Gira moans in a very sinister tone, reeking of poison. The inclusion of Jarboe is also a plus, while she only appears on "A Hanging" and "You Need Me", here contributions are not to be forgotten. Her moaning of "I'm Sorry/I'll never do it again/I love you" is absolutely haunting and perfectly segues into "Fool [#2]".

If you haven't guessed from the title, "Fool" originally appeared as the opening track from Greed in the form of a repetitive, but bleak piano-oriented song that left something to be desired. Here, however, guitars and drums are added to the mix, filling in all of the gaps between Gira's cold, melancholy voice and the inhuman piano loop. "Money is Flesh [#2]", another Greed-oriented track, also improves on the original's mistakes. By adding more instruments to the metallic, industrial beat gives the listener more to look into and admire.

My only problem with this album would be the bookends "A Hanging" and "Coward". While it is cool to here Jarboe's strange, unworldly moans layering Gira's depressed, weak whispers, the instrumentation is very bland and leaves something to be desired in "A Hanging". "Coward" starts off strong, with Michael's bold, yet cold moan of "Coward: Put your knife in me" sending chills down your spine. Sadly, the instrumentation is yet again very bland and boring, making "Coward" only a decent closer to an otherwise great album.

Out of the Greed/Holy Money double album, Holy Money is the superior record. With vicious instrumentation and cold vocal performances, Holy Money is worth the money and/or effort just for the experience.



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Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hooray all of the swans main albums have reviews

Critisim is welcomed and such

Digging: Godflesh - Post Self

BMDrummer
August 16th 2014


14372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ah goddammit, was gonna review this but toolazytowritereviewlel

Flugmorph
August 16th 2014


19931 Comments


gira is hot

Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^^

Flugmorph
August 16th 2014


19931 Comments


gr8 review mang!

VaxXi
August 16th 2014


4371 Comments


I cant believe no one has reviewed this album.

Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ikr, kinda made me mad at first

Green Baron
August 16th 2014


24335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I want to review Cop because it's one of my favorite Swans.

BMDrummer
August 16th 2014


14372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

do it

VaxXi
August 16th 2014


4371 Comments


I dont like swans much so I wont be reviewing any of them :D

Or will I.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2014


6676 Comments


Pos'd just bcuz

Veldin
August 16th 2014


3688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crazy that this didn't have a review... I prefer this one the most out of the first four. Fine review, mate. Has everyone got a chance to see them on their current tour? Absolutely brilliant.

Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My fav will always be Filth out of there first 4, and no, I have (unfortunately) not seen them live. I wish, tho.

Green Baron
August 16th 2014


24335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Filth makes an argument for their best.

Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uh filth dmbss

Supercoolguy64
August 16th 2014


8674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uhhh...oh yeah, I haven't listened to their full discog yet....well now I look stupid.

YOU WIN, DARTHMANN, I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY



also I see what you did there, calling me a "fool", well your a fool (#2)

FearThyEvil
August 16th 2014


16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally this gets reviewed. I find this so underrated.

SeedsofNone
August 16th 2014


336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i'm a coward

















put your knife in me

jtswope
August 16th 2014


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet!

VaxXi
August 16th 2014


4371 Comments


What's this? Not a single EP of theirs has a review. Well how bout that.

You guys better step up your game.



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