- The Seer

Swans - The Seer
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Rank: #4 / 917
USER SCORE
85
Based on
289 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

The Seer is the culmination of Gira’s 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s an exhausting and maddening document, but one can’t help but emerge from it filled with a renewed radiance.

100
FACT Magazine

The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans’ finest album yet, three decades in.

100
No Ripcord

The Seer is 30 years’ worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly. 

100
A.V. Club

With The Seer, one thing is certain: Even during its quietest lulls, Gira has never sounded louder. 

90
Pitchfork

It manages to expand on their sound while simultaneously summarizing everything they've ever recorded before.

90
Beats Per Minute

Just be thankful that the new Swans are as clever, as terrifying, and as proficient in their craft as presented on The Seer. There still aren’t any other bands out there quite like this.

90
Consequence of Sound

It’s wily, cunning, and aims to pull out the ecstasy hiding down in the guts of everyone, no matter if it’s uplifting or wretched.

85
The 405

The Seer is a superlative album which ranks amongst the very best work released under Swans name. 

80
PopMatters

The Seer ... is a brave record, one that at times threatens to lose its hold on you, but in the end one that manages to be self indulgent without being self serving. 

80
NME

This album’s two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans ... will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil.

76
Paste

With great ambition comes great risk. Nine times out of 10, The Seer’s sonic gambles pay off massively.

75
Under The Radar

With a firmly established legend behind him, The Seer doesn't serve to endear him to new fans but rather to deepen his already compelling narrative.

Jun 24, 2017
pouls
99
Swans' The Seer is a dark collection of eleven songs, all of which sound timeless and epic. Compositionally, the band started to become much more ambitious with this album, and the increase in compositional ambition resulted in some of the band's best material to date. The Seer is an epic and one of Swans' masterpieces, and one of this decade's greatest albums -- and one of the greatest albums of all time, too.
Feb 16, 2017
Valefor
64
I really can't into Swans apparently
Nov 3, 2016
TheMusicMan
100
Swans Masterpiece. It will be hard for any other Swans album in the future to top this.Dark, twisted and angry you know you love it.
Oct 6, 2016
NR
Who said Soundtracks would be their last great record?
Feb 24, 2016
MarkCooper
87
Favorite Track: A Piece of the Sky, 93 Ave. B Blues, Mother of the World, The Daughter Brings the Water
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August 28, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Young God / Label
Michael Gira / Producer
Post-Rock / Genres
swans.pair.com / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 7 - A.V. Club
# 43 - AllMusic
# 15 - BBC
# 10 - Beats Per Minute
# 22 - Clash
# 1 - Cokemachineglow
# 5 - Consequence of Sound
# 32 - DIY
# 27 - Exclaim!
# 9 - FACT Magazine
# 7 - MAGNET
# 35 - musicOMH
# 4 - No Ripcord
# 8 - Obscure Sound
# 7 - Pazz & Jop
# 38 - Piccadilly Records
# 5 - Pitchfork
# 5 - PopMatters
# 52 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 12 - Slant
# 7 - SPIN
# 4 - Stereogum
# 15 - The 405
# 1 - The Quietus
# 39 - The Wire
# 6 - TIME
# 13 - Time Out London
# 3 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 29 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Lunacy
  2. Mother of the World
  3. The Wolf 
  4. The Seer 
  5. The Seer Returns
  6. 93 Ave. B Blues
  7. The Daughter Brings the Water
  8. Song for a Warrior
  9. Avatar
  10. A Piece of the Sky
  11. The Apostate


Added on: August 10, 2012