History YMMV / Swans

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''.
7th Feb '16 7:07:52 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: Gira seems to regard ''The Seer'' as this, 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. Before that, ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' was generally regarded as their MagnumOpus.
** Consensus on ''To Be Kind'' seems to be that it's an EvenBetterSequel, or at least, every bit as good as ''The Seer''.
29th Jan '16 4:04:37 PM bt8257
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Subjective tropes associated with Swans and their music include:

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Subjective tropes associated with Swans and their music include:----



* '''NightmareFuel''': [[{{NightmareFuel/Swans}} Have their own page]].

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* '''NightmareFuel''': '''''NightmareFuel''''': [[{{NightmareFuel/Swans}} Have their own page]].



* {{Tearjerker}}: Often, the most famous being "God Damn the Sun."

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* {{Tearjerker}}: TearJerker: Often, the most famous being "God Damn the Sun."
28th Jan '16 2:56:20 PM DaveyDoodlebug
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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be considered either awesomely heavy or exhausting and unlistenable.

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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be considered either awesomely heavy be the greatest thing you'll ever hear or exhausting and the most unlistenable.
28th Jan '16 2:53:12 PM DaveyDoodlebug
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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be either awesomely heavy or exhausting drawn-out noise.

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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be considered either awesomely heavy or exhausting drawn-out noise.and unlistenable.
28th Jan '16 2:51:54 PM DaveyDoodlebug
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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be either awesomely heavy or exhausting noise.

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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be either awesomely heavy or exhausting drawn-out noise.
28th Jan '16 2:51:24 PM DaveyDoodlebug
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* LoveItOrHateIt: Their music could be either awesomely heavy or exhausting noise.
1st Nov '15 10:36:27 AM MarkLungo
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* CreepyAwesome: Too many songs to choose from, but the entirety of the albums ''The Seer", "To Be Kind'', and especially ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' stand out.

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* CreepyAwesome: Too many songs to choose from, but the entirety of the albums ''The Seer", "To Seer'', ''To Be Kind'', and especially ''Soundtracks for the Blind'' stand out.
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