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Swans - 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
85
Based on 15 reviews
2010 Rank: #14 / 550
USER SCORE
83
Based on
28 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
No Ripcord
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
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
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
Pitchfork

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

70
musicOMH
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.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
75
A great return for Swans. But I feel this album doesn't really show how crazy Swans can get. Their true return to the game is the album after this one. But this album is still solid.

Favourite tracks: You Fucking People Make Me Sick, Inside Madeline, No Words/No Thoughts, Jim

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DETAILS

RELEASED: September 21, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Young God Records
GENRE: Post-Rock
WEBSITE: swans.pair.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 44 - MOJO
# 22 - NME
# 18 - No Ripcord
# 44 - Paste
# 45 - PopMatters
# 25 - Prefix
# 35 - Stereogum
# 3 - Tiny Mix Tapes
MISC LISTS
# 70 - FACT Magazine (2010-2014)
Track List

  1. No Words/No Thoughts
  2. Reeling The Liars In
  3. Jim
  4. My Birth
  5. You Fucking People Make Me Sick 
  6. Inside Madeline
  7. Eden Prison
  8. Little Mouth

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