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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: 522nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 530 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 2012 (8th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (48th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (522nd)

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Swans bestography

The Seer is ranked 3rd best out of 33 albums by Swans on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Swans is To Be Kind which is ranked number 380 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 7,246.

Swans album bestography « Higher ranked (494th) This album (522nd) Lower ranked (1,464th) »
Soundtracks For The BlindThe SeerChildren Of God

Members who like this album also like: In Rainbows by Radiohead, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar and To Be Kind by Swans.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 530 votes)
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80/100
Can I be totally honest with you guys? Can I not in the slightest hold back what I actually think? Will you not laugh?...
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...This honestly sounds like The Queens of the Stone Age’s Lullabies to Paralyze with a richer instrumentation, less catchiness, and more drones. I like it though. It has the same medieval feel to it; like you’re in a hut in the woods and any day someone or something could come and take your life.
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70/100
From Brad1770
I finally committed and listened to this album end to end twice , all 2 hours of it for a 4 hour commitment

And it was worth it

Highlights include the title track 'The Seer' all 30 minutes of it , ' Song for a Warrior' which includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O's beautiful vocals and album closer 'Apostate' where the drums at the 10 minute mark and at the end sound just like Fireworks

Its not perfect though , ' 93 Ave.Blues' and its industrial experimental sounds didn't work for me , neither did 'A Piece of the Sky ' or opener ' Lunacy '

I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All I See It All

SEERING

70/100
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From quaflam
This makes me feel very unsafe.
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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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From Mehran
The word that comes to mind while listening to this album is "beast".
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75/100
From yuppie
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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75/100
*Takes a look at the ranking again*
Shoots in the head.
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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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85/100
From Felidane
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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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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