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The Seer (album) by Swans 

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The Seer
The Seer by Swans (2012)
Release date: 2012-08-28
Overall rank: 526th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 373 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 2012 (8th)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (41st)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (526th)

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Swans bestography

The Seer is ranked 2nd best out of 31 albums by Swans on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 511 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,863.

Swans album bestography « Higher ranked (511th) This album (526th) Lower ranked (600th) »
To Be KindThe SeerSoundtracks For The Blind

Members who like this album also like: In Rainbows by Radiohead, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar and Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective.

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The Seer rankings

The Seer ratings

Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 373 votes)
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90/100
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78/100
 
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70/100
09/09/2016 20:54
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81/100
 
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09/09/2016 18:28
77/100

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The Seer comments

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Rating:  
85/100
Though a part of the best album trilogy ever made, the opener is the weakest link in the trio. It has strong moments of clarity, and even beautiful breaks in the tense, uncompromising drudges. The textures are beautiful, while remaining uncomfortable at the same time. The goal of this record is centered much more on atmosphere than on rhythm, and while I think it is done well, Swans is much better when focused on creating hard-hitting cuts like they do in the follow-up. It is a must listen before taking on To Be Kind, and a great record to lead into it.
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90/100
From Mehran 06/24/2016 21:28
The word that comes to mind while listening to this album is "beast".
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75/100
From yuppie 05/16/2016 11:41
Some of the weirdest stuff of the new decade is here, band sounds interesting from what I'm seeing.
1 half-point for A Piece Of The Sky
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80/100
From exileonthehell 04/03/2016 02:47
*Takes a look at the ranking again*
Shoots in the head.
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80/100
From exileonthehell 03/11/2016 21:39
Looks like this album is having a bad moment, 518 to 548??
Well, to me it's pretty underrated on this site, the whole band needs more recognition.
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From Felidane 09/28/2015 22:49
A two-hour beast full of drones, bone-crushing crescendos, and mind-numbing repetition. It will leave you completely exhausted yet amazed.

Best: The Seer
Worst: Daughter Brings The Water
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From PsychologistHD 07/30/2015 02:13
Swans "The Seer" has something special that I can't quite pin. I think the best way to put it is that it's another example of Gira being a pure tease, allowing for as much as fifteen minutes of brooding, amazing buildup before dropping a fucking bomb on your ears.
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90/100
From DraganDragovic 04/26/2015 20:57
A true masterpiece that combines darkness, beauty, epicness, and repetive instrumentation that just build and build up dynamics. At the same time you feel chased/paranoid and blown away by the actual deep meaning behind it that just strike you in a beautiful way.
Best Swans album - no doubt about it!
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From sszwalbenest 01/06/2015 02:42
Nice! "Song for a Warrior" was a beautiful song, a moment of beauty among a sea of genius cacophony. Overall a great release, but I think they improved with "To Be Kind" later on.
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From Radioscope 11/29/2014 18:10
Call it repetitive, call it minimalistic, call it insane. The Seer is simply genius, the whole two hours. The Seer is like a monster, and when I listen to it I feel alone and insignificant tiny midget lice looking at a giant creature so big I am almost unable to look at it right in the eye while it says to me "I see it all, I see it all, I see it all"... It is simply huge, simple as that.

Favorite track: "Mother Of The World". If somebody told me I had to choose a song and put it loud enough to get completely deaf to, I would choose this one without doubt.
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