- My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 18 reviews
2010 Rank: #13 / 829
USER SCORE
79
Based on
74 ratings

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100
No Ripcord

Part mind numbing, part infuriating, part stimulating and always worth discussion, Swans remain a significant force in underground and independent music and this new album sees the No Wave merge with the compositionally avant-garde.

90
PopMatters

Whatever the case, we finally have My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky to judge, and—whatever baggage it might carry—what a gift it turns out to be.

80
Drowned in Sound

Yet My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky sounds more like the essence of Michael Gira than the Angels Of Light ever did, and ought to also serve as another broadside to the idea of reformations being inherently grubby and uncreative ventures.

77
Pitchfork

This album is the antithesis of 2010's gooey let's-all-be-friends chillwave fun.

70
musicOMH

This is certainly, then, not an album to be taken lightly. Whilst this may be its chief difficulty, and one that will undoubtedly deter and daunt some listeners, it is nevertheless good to have a band and an artist with this darkly poetic a vision back recording and performing once again.

Jan 23, 2017
pouls
80
While this record does not match what Swans created in the next records, it is still a good album, and it has its enjoyable moments. Swans returns to a sound that is similar to the one of Michael Gira's other project Angels of Light, and this album is much faster than the other Swans albums released in this decade (this one lasts about forty minutes), and it is also in a strange position in Swans' input in this decade (it is nowhere near the sound that Swans would create with their other ... read more
Apr 9, 2016
exception
78
swans' first release of new material since 1994 is a big jump from their previous style. it makes for a great album, but it is very rare that an artist comes back from an extended hiatus at the top of their game. this album lacks the brutality and relentless unleashing of energy that was found in swans' older LPs, like soundtracks for the blind. that is an aspect that i always associate with swans' music, but it just wasnt present here like it used to be. the blues and folk influenced areas ... read more
Feb 9, 2017
GoldenChords
85
"We all aspire to losing ourselves in the universe, or in something bigger than ourselves. To dissolving, dissipating, atomizing. It’s like when you have extended sex with someone you truly love, where you just completely lose yourself in the act.". With these out of context Michael Gira's words, I want to start my review of what I consider my favorite album of Swans, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky.

After almost 15 years of separation from the last Swans cycle, ... read more
Dec 6, 2016
mxruss
87
An excellent comeback album from the post-rock kings. Swans produce a really intense ambience that is somewhat unprecedented from their older albums. Nice release.
Oct 6, 2016
NR
One of the best reform albums ever.
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