Soundtracks For The Blind (studio album) by Swans
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The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 241 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,297.
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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 82.9/100, a mean average of 82.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.6.
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A great early record for Swans that is probably the most dark and mysterious album they have ever created. This is because the music on here is closer to post rock than their later releases which are more near the experimental rock sort of genre. This leads to a tense and atmospheric listen with the group creating an amazing environment for us. Where they shine, as they always do, is on the longer tracks with The Final Sacrifice, The Sound and Helpless Child being the peak of the record and the latter being amongst the greatest ever Swans songs. Swans are just the masters of longer songs as they have this ability to make them so engaging and complex that they become so rewarding to listen to. However, this release is held back by the shorter songs. There is quite a few of them on here and they just feel pointless for the most part and a lot of them could be skipped. I am someone who loves the fact that Swans albums are extremely long but when they have songs like this that continuously take me out of the music it makes the record drag and feel elongated. Overall, I personally prefer their more experimental albums that came later in their career but this is still great and I can easily see why people would rank it so highly as its full of a lot of high quality moments.
This band and this album are not first listen lovable, but when it hits you, it hits you veeeeeeeeeery hard
One of the most interesting, beautiful, and scariest albums of all time.
Gigantic sound, gigantic album
-Red Velvet Corridor
-I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull
-The Beautiful Days
-All Lined Up
-The Final Sacrifice
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.
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!
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.
The first half is perfect and the second half is almost perfect. When climate change hits, I'm blasting this album.
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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