Soundtracks For The Blind (album) by Swans

Soundtracks For The Blind
Soundtracks For The Blind by Swans (1996)
Overall rank: 491st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 357 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1996 (9th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (97th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (491st)

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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 364 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,817.

Swans album bestography « Higher ranked (364th) This album (491st) Lower ranked (525th) »
To Be KindSoundtracks For The BlindThe Seer

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From AvalancheGrips 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 badger 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 Brad1770 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 jackbrown8786 05/17/2018 05:09
just released on vinyl for the very first time ever, preorder the first vinyl pressing today!
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From RealSlimFatty 02/12/2018 01:59
A challenging but rewarding listen.
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From jackbrown8786 02/11/2018 05:47
it's finally getting released on vinyl this spring for the first time ever!!!!!!! 4x LP at younggodrecords dot com!!
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From PaperVinnie 11/11/2017 14:05
I love experimental rock and this album is truly amazing and impressive, but I do have two criticisms: Some of the songs just don't seem to fit into the album (Yum-Yab Killers and Volcano). My other criticism is that a few songs do get a little boring and just unimpressive. Overall this album is extremely underrated, but I likely wouldn't recommend it to people because a lot of people couldn't sit through this long of an album, or appreciate how experimental music can get.
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From Elauqsapid 11/05/2017 04:06
Sinking into a giant grey ocean of melancholy drones and unforgiving anger, and into the pains and pasts of people you've never met. I've never listened to an album as long or longer than this that's as good.
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From JulianR 08/10/2017 08:32
Wow, what an ordeal. Whether or not you enjoy it, you must admit it's impressive. Clocking in at 2 hours and 21 minutes. Geez, the vinyl of this album must be 4 disks.

The Negative: Surprisingly not in this category is that I didn't find it, despite its length, to be bloated, or too long. I did however, just find lots of it plain old not especially interesting. There were only two moments that truly grabbed my attention in a good way, one on "all lined up", and the other on "the sound". Other parts, like hypogirl, grabbed my attention in a bad way. It seems like a lot of the lyrics, and some of the singing, is trying to hard to be scary or creepy, and ends up not working that well.

Positive: I found lots of the instrumental/droney tracks to be very pleasing actually. I think there is definitely some great post-rock going on in places, although I think they could do a better job coming to a crescendo in some places. I also think that I will like this album more as I listen to it a few more times. Overall, it was enjoyable and interesting
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From exileonthehell 10/22/2016 03:57
Movie or not, this is the best damn thing in the universe.
And it turns 20 years old this day, god bless this album eternally.
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