To Be Kind (studio album) by Swans

To Be Kind by Swans
Year: 2014
Release date: 2014-05-12
Overall rank: 258th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 820 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 2014 (2nd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2010s (29th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (258th)
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From 07/31/2022 03:10
A Little God In My Hands is fucking nuts.
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From 02/22/2022 17:46
I gave 10 points for each interesting moment in this 2 hour debacle. This felt like going to a mediocre art school student’s senior project presentation: too pretentious, too lengthy, not even close to being good.
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From 11/25/2021 13:45
Desconstrução, reconstrução, ecos e marteladas desse processo musical! Incrível!
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From 09/08/2021 21:38
Oxygen is just one of the best songs of all time!
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From 09/04/2021 17:44
The deconstruction of rock. I really need to meditate on this to appreciate it fully.
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From 06/29/2020 14:36
Fav. Tracks:

- Screen Shot
- Bring The Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture
- Oxygen
- To Be Kind
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From 03/30/2020 23:00
Throughout their extensive history, alternative rock pioneers Swans have made a habit of metamorphosing, trading in bone-crushing no-wave anthems for folk-inspired, religiously-tinged ballads. In 2010, Swans emerged once more with My Father will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, another drastic change in form and direction, prioritizing prolonged excursions drenched in post-rock fueled repetition. This formula was the basis for 2014's To Be Kind, an album that championed the creative advantages of welding moments of ear-splitting fortissimo and hair-raising delicacy. Take A Little God in My Hands for example. Even the most well-traveled listeners have to be taken back by the atomic force of the horn-powered flurry that kicks off the middle of the track. To Be Kind showcases Swans not merely dabbling in a musical style unseen in their discography, but perfecting it.

The centerpiece is the 34 minute odyssey, Bring the Sun/Toussaint L'Ouverture. A track detailing a Haitian slave revolt with all the ferocity one could imagine. Incorporating horse whinnies and tribal chanting, the track dares one to ponder the music's inspiration, or even the headspace of the men crafting it. The most "straight-forward" rocker on the album is Oxygen, a song detailing an asthma attack with inertia that never ceases until the horn-soaked climax.

Rarely has an album been so visceral and so well-realized simultaneously. The frightening aspect behind it all is that it seems to flow through the band so effortlessly, almost as vessels for transcendent music powered by an unseen force. While its not a record for the conventional listener, you'd be hard-pressed to find an audiophile not displaced by To Be Kind's translucent beauty, or not horrified by its unfettered explicity. The album is simply a monolith of modern alternative music.

"May planets crash, may god rain ash, to sear our skin, to fold us in
Kneeling close, seeking hands, our blood is warm, but what comes next?"

-Kirsten Supine

Standout Tracks:

1. Oxygen
2. She Loves Us!
3. Screen Shot

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From 02/24/2020 02:58
This whole record blew me away. It's an absolute masterpiece, in my top 5 for AOTD. The relentless repetition of The Seer reaches new depths on this record, whose sound I can only adequately describe as colossal. An absolute must-listen
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From 02/19/2020 03:25
favorite part: "YOUR NAME IS FUCK"
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