The Burning World

Swans - The Burning World
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1989 Ratings: #46
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January 1, 1989 / Release Date
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Gothic Rock / Genres
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Burning is an otherwise general disappointment, mostly making fans thankful that the band rebounded as well as they did.

Going into this album, I was excited. A lot of people either love or hate this album. And, I think I'm on the side that loves this album. I mean, I don't love it, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I love it when artists branch out into other genres but, most people are hating on this album for "not fitting into their discography". I guess they're somewhat right, most of the albums that are in between this are post-punk, but I don't see the problem with this. Country is not necessarily a ... read more
My new favorite game: Play this right before listening to Filth and weep.
I walked into this album with the lowest expectations possible. A Swans album both the fan base says is trash and ALSO Michael Gira, the mad lad himself, says (and I quote) 'I abhor that record.'. To say that I was going in with a negative mindset was a goddamn understatement. I was ready to destroy this thing. really can't get mad at this album. Hell, I can't even call it a failure. It's actually...kinda ... read more
Discography Diaries #2: Swans
Album #6: The Burning World
Genre: Neo-Folk, Gothic Rock
Date: 04/07/2020
Time: 2:30 PM

Now we see ourselves at what a lot of people would consider to be the most divisive record in Swans discography, The Burning World. This album is divisive to a lot of people for a number of reasons, Michael Gira himself despises this record and often disregards it from Swans' catalogue (hence why it's not on any streaming services), it sounds nothing like what Swans would ... read more
This was a really weird listen, but I didn't hate it. Honestly, I kinda liked it.

This is a very not Swans Swans album, this is practically a country album, but there's a silver lining (if you want to call it that) it still has that Swans sound that we've got used to, especially from Children of God, songs like Let it Come Down, Mona Lisa, Mother Earth, Jane Mary, Cry One Tear and See No More still feel quite Swans-esc but still sound unique. That's how I'd describe this as, it's definitely a ... read more
in terms of the greater Swans canon, this is definitely one of the least important releases in their discography. it doesnt really mark the shift into a folkier sound, because Children of God was already teasing towards that, and it's not a grand statement like some of their other releases either. what The Burning World is instead, is a collection of decent gothic folk tracks that are pretty enjoyable while they're on, but lack staying power.

to me, this album is leaps and bounds more ... read more
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Track List

  1. The River that Runs with Love Won't Run Dry
  2. Let It Come Down
  3. Can't Find My Way Home
  4. Mona Lisa, Mother Earth
  5. (She's A) Universal Emptiness
  6. Saved
  7. I Remember Who You Are
  8. Jane Mary, Cry One Tear
  9. See No More
  10. God Damn the Sun
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Added on: May 12, 2014