The Seer is the culmination of Gira’s 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.
It’s an exhausting and maddening document, but one can’t help but emerge from it filled with a renewed radiance.
With The Seer, one thing is certain: Even during its quietest lulls, Gira has never sounded louder.
The Seer is 30 years’ worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly.
The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans’ finest album yet, three decades in.
It manages to expand on their sound while simultaneously summarizing everything they've ever recorded before.
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.
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.
The Seer is a superlative album which ranks amongst the very best work released under Swans name.
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.
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.
With great ambition comes great risk. Nine times out of 10, The Seer’s sonic gambles pay off massively.
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.
How in the hell does anyone even come up with this stuff. This album feels like such a challenge to listen through at first,but it's so rewarding once you finish it on your first listen. After my first listen, I can easily listen through the whole 2 hours again and again. I have never heard any band ever do this type of music. It's just so droney and delicious.
Best tracks: The Seer, 93 Ave. B Blues, Avatar
Absolutely the best record I heard in 2012, The Seer demands it's audience to join it in a marathon of understanding the extremity of simply existing, and by the end of its two hours, all physical and mental restraints feel diffused into a state of satisfied, pleasant exhaustion.
Swans really works for me in concert at bone crunching, brain numbing volume.
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