Album
The Seer
Critic Reviews
User Reviews
Artist
Swans

The Seer by Swans

Swans - The Seer
CRITIC SCORE
90
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ranking: #2 / 708
USER SCORE
83
Based on
112 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
A.V. CLUB

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

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
FACT MAGAZINE

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

90
PITCHFORK

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

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.

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.

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.

USER REVIEWS

88

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

95

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.

50

Swans really works for me in concert at bone crunching, brain numbing volume.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: August 28, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Young God
PRODUCER: Michael Gira
GENRE: Post-Rock
WEBSITE: swans.pair.com
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Added on: August 10, 2012