Swans - Greed
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Based on 183 ratings
1986 Ratings: #45
Liked by 5 people
January 1, 1986 / Release Date
LP / Format
K.422 / Label
Noise Rock, No Wave / Genres
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Greed marks the initial turning point of Swans towards more varied and ultimately even more astonishing musical heights than the early records, which were aggressive beyond all words, ever indicated.

This sounded exactly like Filth, but better. The problem I had with Filth was, the vocal were annoying, he was saying the same stuff half of the time but, I did appreciate the length. And, this album had some of the same problems but, for some reason I enjoyed it. The reason why I gave it such a low score was because, they have much better albums than this. If I only listened to this on its own and didn't listen to anymore Swans albums, it would probably get a 60. And the song Time is Money ... read more
It's dark, it's brooding, it's harsh, but is it enjoyable? Fuck no. Even at 35 minutes, "Greed" just feels like it takes FOREVER to finish. It's so plodding and tedious that it becomes really hard to listen to and not in the right ways. The album's tone is also unbearable, with Michael Gira just going on and on about how he hates his body and wants to crawl in someone else's skin... like, it's not charming or emotional or whatever they were aiming for, it's just yucky.

Straight-up ... read more
While some tracks are very monotonous and hard to listen to, this album soundwise is a big step up from Filth and Cop. The tracks are much more different to each other, and they've definitely started expanding on their sound and creating more sinister and intriguing atmospheres. I feel like on some days I'll prefer Filth and on some days I'll prefer this album, even though I think Filth as a full-on project is a bit more structurally enjoyable as an album. Eh, hoping Holy Money will be just as ... read more
This is already leagues better than both previous albums, like holy shit this is a masterpiece compared to what we got before. Greed is Swans' first good album, fight me you know I'm right. I'm honestly surprised to see the mediocre user score, this is a really good album. It takes the industrial sounds from the previous two albums plus the good parts from Cop (Side B basically) and fleshes it out into something great.

This album is huge, it sounds like a huge gaping abyss, asking you to jump ... read more
Slow, plodding, ominous, stomping and...kinda boring. Stripping the 'heavy as sin' elements of Swans no wave sound leaves a atmospheric bare bones record that isn't awful, but isn't as interesting or developed as the sounds the band would play with later. It's repetitive, slow, and feels like it's building to something truly amazing, and then it ends. It's all build-up and very little pay off. And while it's not awful, it's still a far cry from what this band is capable of. The most interesting ... read more
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