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The Seer (album) by Swans 

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The Seer
The Seer by Swans (2012)
Overall rank: 563rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 226 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 2012 (8th)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (37th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (563rd)

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The Seer is ranked as the best album by Swans.

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The Seer track list

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1.Track pickLunacy
85/100 (46 votes)
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2.Mother Of The World
82/100 (45 votes)
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3.The Wolf
79/100 (36 votes)
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4.The Seer
82/100 (40 votes)
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5.The Seer Returns
83/100 (43 votes)
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6.93 Ave. B Blues
76/100 (36 votes)
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7.The Daughter Brings The Water
77/100 (38 votes)
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8.Songs For A Warrior
84/100 (44 votes)
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9.Avatar
83/100 (40 votes)
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10.Track pickA Piece Of The Sky
85/100 (42 votes)
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11.The Apostate
84/100 (39 votes)
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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated.)

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80/100 (from 226 votes)
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85/100
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83/100

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From nipplefart 03/24/2014 08:21
This album was so fucking droney and delicious It's just a work out to listen through. I had to take a shower after finishing this album. This album and a bunch of other albums make 2012 probably my favourite year of music that I have lived through.
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From Mophos 11/16/2013 14:10
A demanding yet mindblowing listening experience.
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80/100
From replacementlevel 08/29/2013 13:34
Wow. I had no idea what to expect. I agree with other commenters that it doesn't justify its length, but there's a lot of stunning material here. Not sure how I missed them for 30 years.
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From joshtraina 08/11/2013 09:00
I think it holds some of Swan's best tracks, but a few of the longer ones haven't clicked yet.
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75/100
From AranD 03/07/2013 18:24
Epic album. Lunacy, Seer returns, A piece of the sky are brilliant. Gruelling to get through it. Gira scares me,man.
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90/100
From Connor 02/19/2013 00:02
UPDATE**
the album has grown on me over time and I can now say that I love this album. Its 1 of the 4 records that i own from 2012 and I believe this album deserves at least the no 3 slot. seriously tell me how this is worse than channel orange or blunderbuss.
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95/100
From VanillaBean 01/18/2013 23:06
In the future filmakers who make war movies are totally going to use these songs for their soundtracks. Haunting, rough, and downright scary, this is definitely the best art rock album to emerge from 2012.
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From NinjaCucumber 01/13/2013 01:24
This album is so perfect, i love how raw and unedited it feels. One of my favorite Swans albums.
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95/100
From eclab 01/02/2013 00:54
I don't "get" it, but somehow it sounds great.
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75/100
From 19loveless91 12/14/2012 22:34
I'm not totally sure about this one.. I listened to the full album from start to finish three times now, which I guess means something, considering it's like 2 hours long. There are moments of pure beauty here. A Piece of the Sky is one of those. I get what YIS is trying to say about its awkward structure, but it actually stopped bothering me after a couple of listens (and I listened to that song/piece alone far more times than anything else). Even the droney first half doesn't bother me, and I'm usually not a fan of stuff like that. In general I think the second half is stronger and features some great, post-rock, atmospheric climaxes.

But it doesn't work as well on some other tracks. Take the title track. That is a mammoth track in length, and while a lot happens in those 30+ minutes, I feel it doesn't quite do for me what some other similar tracks could. Personally, it reminds me of GYBE's Mladic, which is a shorter song, yet manages to accomplish (to my ears at least) more in that time. The Seer (song) had some "almost" Mladic-like moments.. But not quite...

One thing I hated about this record was how seriously they seem to take themselves. With those chants or whatever not helping the situation either. Basically I can't immerse myself into this stuff as much as I would have to, to really be blown away by those soundscapes.

Bottom line, it's certainly an impressive piece of music, and I def understand some people's fascination with it, but for me.... That fascination does come only in sparse moments, of which A Piece of the Sky was my favourite.
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