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Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 17 reviews
2010 Rank: #12 / 826
USER SCORE
80
Based on
64 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.

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
john95
77
One of the best reform albums ever.
SiberianBreaks
60
One of the most crushing bands of the 80's, if not the most, returns to the 21st century with an underwhelming, tame warm-up of an effort. My Father truly only shines with its sharing of acoustic-led, neofolk tunes, but even those sound no different to what Michael Gira was already doing with The Angels of Light before.

Favourite tracks: Reeling the Liars In, Jim, Little Mouth
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DETAILS

September 21, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Young God Records / Label
Post-Rock / Genres
swans.pair.com / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 42 - Cokemachineglow
# 18 - FACT Magazine
# 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