History YMMV / Swans

20th May '17 12:15:59 PM Gageaz
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** [[https://i.imgur.com/yvzmO7G.jpg Here's]] a flowchart containing every Gira-related release (sans one recent live album). Have fun.
19th May '17 11:29:14 AM SinNanna
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* EpicRiff: "Raping a Slave" and "The Sound," in completely different ways. "A Little God in My Hands" has an infectiously good riff. Arguably the whole point of the band, as songs are constructed around singular, minimalist tones that subtly change and are designed to be hypnotic without getting tiresome.

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* EpicRiff: "Raping a Slave" and "The Sound," in completely different ways. "A Little God in My Hands" has an infectiously good riff. Arguably the whole point of the band, as songs are constructed around singular, minimalist tones that subtly change and are designed to be hypnotic without getting tiresome.tiresome.
** "Raping a Slave" and "The Sound", in completely different ways.
** About half the songs on ''To Be Kind'' feature incredibly catchy riffs, including "Screen Shot", "A Little God in My Hands", "She Loves Us", and "Oxygen".



** "The Sound," which begins with a downcast vocal section by Michael Gira before transitioning into a breathtakingly beautiful crescendo also stands out, and is one of the more famous tearjerkers in the band's discography.
** "Song for a Warrior," a SurprisinglyGentleSong that provides a much needed reprieve in the middle of all the darkness of ''The Seer.'' "A Piece of the Sky" also qualifies.

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** In the same vein as "Helpless Child" is "The Sound," which begins Sound". The lyrics alone are worthy of this, but when combined with a downcast vocal section by Michael Gira before transitioning into a breathtakingly beautiful crescendo also stands out, and is one of the more famous tearjerkers in way the band's discography.
song slowly builds in intensity, the whole thing is just an emotional rollercoaster.
** "Song for a Warrior," a SurprisinglyGentleSong that provides offers a much needed reprieve moment of relief in the middle of all the darkness of ''The Seer.'' "A Piece of the Sky" also qualifies.Seer''.


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** The 15 minute live version of "Blood Promise" on ''Swans Are Dead'', which somehow also manages to be SweetDreamsFuel.
21st Mar '17 6:15:44 AM SinNanna
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** "'''YOUR NAME IS FUCK!'''" [[note]]Lyrics from "She Loves Us"[[/note]

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** "'''YOUR NAME IS FUCK!'''" [[note]]Lyrics from "She Loves Us"[[/note]Us"[[/note]]
21st Mar '17 6:14:59 AM SinNanna
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* MemeticMutation: Michael Gira's cowboy hat.
** The monologue in "I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull".
** "'''YOUR NAME IS FUCK!'''" [[note]]Lyrics from "She Loves Us"[[/note]
** "'''FLEX YOUR MUSCLES!'''"[[note]]Lyrics from "Stay Here"[[/note]]
** "I see it all I see it all I see it all I see it all..."[[note]]Lyrics from "The Seer"[[/note]]
28th Feb '17 6:32:54 PM Weirdowithcoffee
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** "Failure" is a nauseatingly depressing song. Even disregarding the unabashed hopelessness of the lyrics, Gira just sounds so ''defeated'', like he has truly given up on everything as the lyrics imply.
15th Jan '17 10:54:59 PM SinNanna
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* WinBackTheCrowd: After more than a decade's absence, many critics were wondering if Swans had it in them to make a comeback. While My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky was received well enough, [[SoOkayItsAverage there were better albums one could listen to]]. Gira seems to regard ''The Seer'' as a return to form, and sizeable portions of both rock critics and the fanbase seem to agree. The fact that it got 9.0 and Best New Music on Pitchfork has probably helped expose the band to a lot of new listeners. ''To Be Kind'' is thought of as an EvenBetterSequel, or at least just as good as ''The Seer'' and ''Soundtracks for the Blind''.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: After more than a decade's absence, many critics were wondering if Swans had it in them to make a comeback. While My ''My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky Sky'' was received well enough, [[SoOkayItsAverage there were better albums one could listen to]]. Gira seems to regard ''The Seer'' as a return to form, and sizeable portions of both rock critics and the fanbase seem to agree. The fact that it got 9.0 and Best New Music on Pitchfork has probably helped expose the band to a lot of new listeners. ''To Be Kind'' is thought of as an EvenBetterSequel, or at least just as good as ''The Seer'' and ''Soundtracks for the Blind''.
29th Oct '16 1:03:00 AM SinNanna
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* SignatureSong: "Cop", "I Crawled", "Children of God", and "Blind" all held this distinction, but as of 2014, "A Little God in my Hands" has a slight edge in this race thanks to being the first and most promoted song off of ''To Be Kind''.

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* SignatureSong: "Cop", "I Crawled", "Children of God", and "Blind" all held this distinction, but as of 2014, "A Little God in my Hands" has a slight edge in this race thanks to being the first and most promoted song off of ''To Be Kind''. "The Sound", "Lunacy", and "The Seer" are also contenders for the title.


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** "When Will I Return?" is already an emotionally intense song, but then you discover the story behind it. It's sung by Michael Gira's wife Jennifer, who was sexually assaulted in a parking lot prior to their marriage. The lyrics are based on that experience, and the song was written to help her cope with the trauma of the event.
10th Jul '16 7:45:12 PM darkabomination
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* CatharsisFactor: Pick a song, and four times out of five there's a driving chord you can empty all your frustration through.



* EpicRiff: "Raping a Slave" and "The Sound," in completely different ways.

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* EpicRiff: "Raping a Slave" and "The Sound," in completely different ways. "A Little God in My Hands" has an infectiously good riff. Arguably the whole point of the band, as songs are constructed around singular, minimalist tones that subtly change and are designed to be hypnotic without getting tiresome.



* SignatureSong: "Cop", "I Crawled", "Children of God", and "Blind" all held this distinction, but as of 2014, "A Little God in my Hands" has a slight edge in this race.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Not Alone" from ''Swans Are Dead'', most of ''Soundtracks for the Blind'', the interludes from ''Love of Life'', "Look at Me Go"...

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* SignatureSong: "Cop", "I Crawled", "Children of God", and "Blind" all held this distinction, but as of 2014, "A Little God in my Hands" has a slight edge in this race.
race thanks to being the first and most promoted song off of ''To Be Kind''.
* SweetDreamsFuel: Yes, believe it or not. Swans' music will pummel you senseless with harsh, droning chords and flat singing about all sorts of human cruelty, but when all is said and done there's a constant message of endurance and clinging to life. It's brutal, but only so all the imperfections and cynicism can be smashed to bits, leaving agony and the love to heal it.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Not Alone" from ''Swans Are Dead'', most of ''Soundtracks for the Blind'', the interludes from ''Love of Life'', "Look at Me Go"..."She Lives!" just might be the worst.


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* ToughActToFollow: ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' was regarded as their greatest album for years, helped as it was the band's last official release before they went on hiatus. For some this is still the case, but ''The Seer'' and ''To Be Kind'' are starting to edge it out.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After more than a decade's absence, many critics were wondering if Swans had it in them to make a comeback. While My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope to the Sky was received well enough, [[SoOkayItsAverage there were better albums one could listen to]]. Gira seems to regard ''The Seer'' as a return to form, and sizeable portions of both rock critics and the fanbase seem to agree. The fact that it got 9.0 and Best New Music on Pitchfork has probably helped expose the band to a lot of new listeners. ''To Be Kind'' is thought of as an EvenBetterSequel, or at least just as good as ''The Seer'' and ''Soundtracks for the Blind''.
2nd May '16 10:12:46 PM aye_amber
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Lots of it.
** Some highlights: Their most ambitious (and, probably, best) studio material can be found on ''Soundtracks for the Blind'', ''The Seer'', and ''To Be Kind''. Amongst their live material, ''Swans Are Dead'' is two hours and twenty-three minutes and all of it is amazing. ''The Great Annihilator'', ''White Light from the Mouth of Infinity'', and ''Children of God'' are particularly noteworthy works as well.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Lots of it.
** Some highlights: Their most ambitious (and, probably, best) studio material can be found on ''Soundtracks for the Blind'', ''The Seer'', and ''To Be Kind''. Amongst their live material, ''Swans Are Dead'' is two hours and twenty-three minutes and all of it is amazing. ''The Great Annihilator'', ''White Light from the Mouth of Infinity'', and ''Children of God'' are particularly noteworthy works as well.
18th Apr '16 6:42:15 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* MostWonderfulSound: Michael Gira's singing can really be this when he can pull it off.
** Some melodies within their work as fit, such as the crescendo of "Helpless Child" and the adorable child laughter in "In" from ''The Great Annihilator''.
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