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    Posted: March 28 2013 at 11:01

Studio releases only (no EPs)

For me:

1. The Burning World
2. The Seer
3. Love of Life
4. The Great Annihilator
5. White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
6. Children of God
7. My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky
8. Holy Money 
9. Cop
10. Greed
11. Filth
12. Soundtracks for the Blind

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 28 2013 at 12:23
My three current favorites by the Swans are all live albums, very unusual for me  (Swans Are Dead, Body to Body, and the latest live one with the long title).   But of the studio albums, I'll go with The Seer.
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Pretty tough to decide, but in the end I went with Children Of God. It was my introduction to the band, and it pretty much blew my mind back in the day. It's got a nice mix of everything, from the sparse, pretty and eerie "In My Garden" to the delirious insanity of "Beautiful Child".
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I've only dabbled with a few of these releases and I like some of what I hear. On description alone it is a band I should like, but the crushing, hollow darkness and intense despair is a bit hard to deal with. I'm certainly not the sunniest guy on the planet, but if anyone of you could point me towards an album where the permafrost isn't quite so deep, I'd be most grateful.

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Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

I've only dabbled with a few of these releases and I like some of what I hear. On description alone it is a band I should like, but the crushing, hollow darkness and intense despair is a bit hard to deal with. I'm certainly not the sunniest guy on the planet, but if anyone of you could point me towards an album where the permafrost isn't quite so deep, I'd be most grateful.

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A silly request, I take it? LOL
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Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

I've only dabbled with a few of these releases and I like some of what I hear. On description alone it is a band I should like, but the crushing, hollow darkness and intense despair is a bit hard to deal with. I'm certainly not the sunniest guy on the planet, but if anyone of you could point me towards an album where the permafrost isn't quite so deep, I'd be most grateful.

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A silly request, I take it? LOL
It's not all crushing, but most of it is intense and it's frequently full of despair, or at least melancholic soul-searching.  The first few on this list are the most "crushing", being largely made up of crashing percussion and dissonant guitars that sound like they're being thrown against a wall.  The middle period (beginning with "Burning World") is just as emotional, but the music is much more heavenly and pretty, and the vocals aren't screamed, they're sung in a low croon (kind of like Nick Cave).  The last few (beginning with "Soundtracks") seem to occupy yet another new ground that's closer to epic post-rock.  These bring back some of the "crushing" but retain a lot of the beauty too.
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Originally posted by HolyMoly HolyMoly wrote:

Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

Originally posted by LinusW LinusW wrote:

I've only dabbled with a few of these releases and I like some of what I hear. On description alone it is a band I should like, but the crushing, hollow darkness and intense despair is a bit hard to deal with. I'm certainly not the sunniest guy on the planet, but if anyone of you could point me towards an album where the permafrost isn't quite so deep, I'd be most grateful.

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A silly request, I take it? LOL
It's not all crushing, but most of it is intense and it's frequently full of despair, or at least melancholic soul-searching.  The first few on this list are the most "crushing", being largely made up of crashing percussion and dissonant guitars that sound like they're being thrown against a wall.  The middle period (beginning with "Burning World") is just as emotional, but the music is much more heavenly and pretty, and the vocals aren't screamed, they're sung in a low croon (kind of like Nick Cave).  The last few (beginning with "Soundtracks") seem to occupy yet another new ground that's closer to epic post-rock.  These bring back some of the "crushing" but retain a lot of the beauty too.


In bold: Sums up the "crushing" experience quite nicely, hehe.

Thanks Steve. Just the sort of rough guide I wanted Thumbs Up
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FLEX YOUR MUSCLES

1. Soundtracks
2. The Seer
3. Filth
4. White Light
5. Cop
6. Love Of Life
7. My Father
8. The Great Annihilator
9. Children Of God
10. Greed
11. Holy Money
12. Burning World

Love Swans, but I can only really handle them in small doses. It's some depressing stuff.
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The Seer. Never got the love for Soundtracks.

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My first experience with them was My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, and of the three I have (this, TGA and Seer), it continues to be my favorite.
Plus you just have to love that album title!
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Originally posted by infocat infocat wrote:

My first experience with them was My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, and of the three I have (this, TGA and Seer), it continues to be my favorite.
Plus you just have to love that album title!


Listened to it the other night. Think it might be the third time or so and that's definitely a Swans album I can enjoy Thumbs Up
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