Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Rank: #5 / 819
USER SCORE
85
Based on
194 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.

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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.
austincrane235
95
Best Track: Mother Of The World, The Seer, The Seer Returns, Song For A Warrior, or A Piece Of The Sky
Worst Track: The Daughter Brings The Water
Most Overrated Track: Lunacy
Most Underrated Track: 93 Ave. B Blues
JustAReflektor
96
A monolithic record that stands many feet above all other albums released in 2012. Depth of sound, and passion to spare. A music lover's album.
SiberianBreaks
93
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.

Favourite tracks: Mother of the World, The Seer, A Piece of the Sky
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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
# 5 - Pitchfork
# 5 - PopMatters
# 52 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 12 - Slant
# 7 - SPIN
# 4 - Stereogum
# 15 - The 405
# 1 - The Quietus
# 39 - The Wire
# 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
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Added on: August 10, 2012


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