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To Be Kind (album) by Swans 

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To Be Kind
To Be Kind by Swans (2014)
Release date: 2014-05-12
Overall rank: 392nd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 650 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2014 (2nd)
Top 50 albums of the 2010s (39th)
Top 500 albums of all time (392nd)

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To Be Kind is ranked as the best album by Swans.

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82/100 (from 650 votes)
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From antaiospiano 09/03/2018 08:18
In the defense of Swans fans: the repetiveness adds to the atmosphere of the album. It shouldn’t be listened in a hasty manner (I say while I skip through big parts of all songs). The same criticism I have seen towards house music, and it’s just a dumb point to base your criticism on.

About the album itself: I don’t see what new this album adds after The Seer.
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From Antonio-Pedro 07/18/2018 03:45
I swear they tune every darn song to D sharp
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75/100
From willandthemix 07/17/2018 10:40
2nd listen: it has definitely grow on me slightly. I really do love the atmosphere and primal nature of this album and its portrayal of life and human nature etc. but as I previously mentioned, it is just too long. Some of these ideas have no need to be stretched out for 10 or even 30 minutes and would make for a lot better double album in my opinion.
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85/100
From sophialeviev 07/16/2018 01:34
Haunting, grinding, jarring... something really special going on here. If this album were to convey one human emotion, it'd be dread. Existential and nihilistic.
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From willandthemix 06/13/2018 16:05
I really like a lot of moments on this album but it's too hard to sit through all of it. If it was a lot shorter it would be a lot better.
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From Itsapinkmoon 12/27/2017 13:34
Wow. I can't say I have been more impressed and captivated for 90 mins+ since listening to Lift Your Skinny Fists. A real journey into the mind of Gira and an incredible collection of ideas. From the cycling bassline of Screen Shot to the relentless climax of the title track, there is not a dull moment. The Seer was a fantastic return to form but this is leaps and bounds above it. A real experimental bar setter.

Favourite Tracks: Screen Shot, Just a Little Boy, A Little God In My Hands, Bring The Sun, She Loves Us, Oxygen, Nathalie Neal, To Be Kind

Least Favourite Tracks: Kirsten Supine

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From Sean 12/18/2017 18:58
Like Trout Mask Replica, I can't see the merit in it but I'm sure it's very good at what it sets out to do
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From AReasonableMan 12/09/2017 23:42
Nihilism: The Album
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From Jbalbinolr 11/18/2017 15:32
Heavy in emotions and in objectives, but incrdible difficult to listen although very rewarding in that. Everytime I put it, it´s like going on a trip, but I can´t put it very often because it´s tiring to listen to 2 hours of music this draining.
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From badger 09/05/2017 17:01
Tackling the latest Swans records (and all of their output in fact) can seem like a mammoth task. ~2 hours of relentless, blistering riffs; noisy crescendos building on top of noisy crescendos. But there's something serene about it, like being in the eye of the storm and admiring the chaos you are wrapped up in. Musically and lyrically, it is a comment on the primality and monotony of existence but it isn't the expected moping dirge of "humanity is fucked and filthy", a deeper look reveals To Be Kind can be content, even celebratory of our nature. Like a fanfare of mankinds fucktitude.
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