Soundtracks For The Blind (studio album) by Swans

Soundtracks For The Blind by Swans
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 405th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 428 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1996 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (73rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (405th)
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Swans bestography

Soundtracks For The Blind is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by Swans on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 257 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,674.

Swans album bestography « Higher ranked (257th) This album (405th) Lower ranked (440th) »
To Be KindSoundtracks For The BlindThe Seer

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 428 votes)
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10/06/2021 20:59 leniad  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 3,11975/100
 
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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 82.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.6.

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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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90/100
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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From 02/12/2018 01:59
A challenging but rewarding listen.
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