- The Seer

Swans - The Seer
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Rank: #4 / 885
USER SCORE
85
Based on
241 ratings

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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.

MarkCooper
87
Favorite Track: A Piece of the Sky, 93 Ave. B Blues, Mother of the World, The Daughter Brings the Water
exception
88
EDIT: again, the seer is a terrific project that broke new ground for swans, but i just havent found myself going back to it all too much.

after listening to "the seer" i understand that swans is much more than music. this is a whole art piece that could be played at any museum anywhere. the sheer length of the LP makes it intimidating, but it adds to the meaning. the seer shows just how much progression can be made from a band that started in the 80's and still relate to the ... read more
SiberianBreaks
85
Soundtracking what would be some hellish, western horror film, The Seer is seen by just about everyone as the REAL comeback album for the infamous, no wave band and it most definitely lives up to that title. It's a challenging two hour journey with a handful of needlessly tiring moments like the second half of the title track, but the band pulls through with a versatile set of pieces ranging from the band's early no-wave roots to the bombastic crescendos of their post-rock days along with the ... read more
danpatt
90
God: Hey Michael since you're a christian now you gonna make nice fun music for the kids?

Michael Gira: No.

G: B-but

M: No

Thank you Michael Gira. You may be one weird dude but i'll be damned if you aren't a gift from heaven above. The Seer is an absolute triumph. The more accessible of the two new Swans albums that are somehow managing to make them quasi-mainstream. Even my girlfriend recognizes Swans when I talk about them, and she listens to like exclusively pop and pop punk. The demonic ... read more
friendlybison
38
While it may be an artistic and thought provoking milestone for the decade, it is music before anything and I personally don't enjoy having my eardrums stabbed with non-rhythmic screeching and unrecognizable disturbances, even when it makes me think.
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DETAILS

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