Soundtracks For The Blind (studio album) by Swans

Soundtracks For The Blind
Soundtracks For The Blind by Swans
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 394th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 397 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1996 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (72nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (394th)
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Swans bestography

Soundtracks For The Blind is ranked 2nd best out of 34 albums by Swans on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 260 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,646.

Swans album bestography « Higher ranked (260th) This album (394th) Lower ranked (402nd) »
To Be KindSoundtracks For The BlindThe Seer

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Soundtracks For The Blind track list

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Soundtracks For The Blind rankings

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Latest 20 charts that this album appears in:

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YearSourceChartRankRank Score
2020 NoAlarmsTop 100 Greatest Music Albums73/10028
2020 NoAlarmsSwans (1982–1997, 2010–2017, 2019–present) Ranked5/15 -
2020 Xxnu99etxXMy Personal Ranking of Rate Your Music's Top 10029/100 -
2020vruslovTop 91 Music Albums of 199611/914
2020 exileonthehellTop 36 Music Albums of 19961/365
2020cronadigallina99 Best Postrock Bands6/99 -
2020 SpyglassTop 100 Greatest Music Albums48/10052
2020 bonafiniTop 94 Music Albums of the 1990s76/944
2020 CellarDoorTop 96 Music Albums of 199612/964
2020jdizzle123456Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s52/10010
2020LosWochosTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s34/10013
2020 GowiTop 100 Greatest Music Albums75/10025
2020ElauqsapidTop 100 Greatest Music Albums7/10093
2020 RockyRaccoonTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s8/10019
2020 MedelsvenssonTop 20 Music Albums of the 1990s18/203
2020 arthurbittencourtTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s29/10014
2020 StefanR10Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s75/1005
2020 exileonthehellTop 100 Music Albums of the 1990s3/10020
2020 NoisyBeastTop 100 Music Albums of 199635/1003
2020 zags7000Top 100 Music Albums of 199639/1003
Total Charts: The total number of charts that this album has appeared in. 306
Total Rank Score: The total rank score. 4,989

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83/100 (from 397 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.1/100, a mean average of 82.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.9.

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From 08/31/2020 10:54
Fav. Tracks:

-Red Velvet Corridor
-I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull
-Helpless Child
-The Beautiful Days
-Volcano
-All Lined Up
-Animus
-The Sound
-YRP
-The Final Sacrifice
-YRP 2
-Surrogate Drone
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From 06/28/2020 04:07
Interesting music I like to hear this. Some songs are not so good but other songs are immense good. Very good I mark this as favorable. Very recommended to listen.
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From 05/09/2020 23:19
This was powerful. It felt like all the music I have ever listened to had been in preparation for this arresting sonic experience, and I can’t wait to truly get to know this record, a feeling that doesn’t happen often when you’re always trying to listen to new stuff. A true contemporary epic!
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From 03/30/2020 23:23
Even though this may not stand up to wonderful trio of albums Swans crafted in the 2010's, it still is a polarizing and infinitely interesting piece of work that never loses its luster, instead it evolves with each listen.
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From 09/17/2019 22:24
The first half is perfect and the second half is almost perfect. When climate change hits, I'm blasting this album.
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From 08/28/2019 21:59
Not so much an album as a catalogue of all Swans' previous experimentation distilled into the series tracks which act as scenes of an invisible film. The cues range from blurry, lo-fi vignettes to raging wall-of-sound chaos in a chronology which simultaneously makes no sense yet completely works. At times nail-bitingly gripping and at others hauntingly serene.
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From 02/04/2019 07:53
Fully appreciating any Swans release is no easy task and is more like a life style choice , and this ones a big-un even by Swans standards clocking in at close to nearly 2.5 hours and 26 tracks

What you get here is the trade-mark Swans sounds interspersed with many interesting sound bites some of which are from secret FBI audio bugs , with a couple of live tracks thrown for good measure. For mine Jarboe in her Swans swansong is the star of the show here especially the stunning track "Volcano"

Personally I prefer the intensity of 'The Seer' but this album sits closely behind as my 2nd favourite Swans experience
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A challenging but rewarding listen.
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