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Swans is a band from New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.

Marginally associated with the scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard… read more

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  • Been eager to get into Swans for a while, just recently came up in my listening queue. Enjoying the later albums more than the earlier sounds so far, but I'm gonna keep with them until they click.
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  • 1983-1987 is their only worthwhile shit
  • I'm rather new to Swans, but so far, I'd say Soundtracks is their best album. Almost every song on that album is among their best, and my only major gripe with the album is how some songs (Yum Yab and Volcano specifically) don't seem to fit the album's overall mood and break the flow. The Seer and To Be Kind are both excellent and I find them to be almost equal, though I believe The Seer holds up better when listened to in full, whereas To Be Kind has the better songs.
  • Soundtracks is my favorite album of all time, i think it's mesmerizing in its originality, but come on, it's also an album that can rub somebody the wrong way very easy, especially if they're not used to how Swans operates...I'd honestly say it's the absolute worst place for a neophyte to start, though I would recommend giving it another spin once you've gotten more into Swans' new stuff. The new stuff is much easier to get into, if you like To Be Kind, check out The Seer, which personally I find to be a better album. Maybe give Angels of Light a spin too, that was Gira's band between Soundtracks and the revival, really gorgeous atmospheric folk stuff.
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  • What does it feel like to post self-contradictory bullshit statements and then attempt to excuse yourself with pathetic remarks like "Perhaps the problem is deeper than I first thought. Can't you even read?"?
  • Perhaps the problem is deeper than I first thought. Can't you even read?

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