My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2010 Ratings: #30 / 861
Year End Rank: #41
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Based on 228 ratings
2010 Ratings: #111
September 21, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
No Ripcord

Part mind numbing, part infuriating, part stimulating and always worth discussion, Swans remain a significant force in underground and independent music and this new album sees the No Wave merge with the compositionally avant-garde.

90
PopMatters

Whatever the case, we finally have My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky to judge, and—whatever baggage it might carry—what a gift it turns out to be.

80
Drowned in Sound

Yet My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky sounds more like the essence of Michael Gira than the Angels Of Light ever did, and ought to also serve as another broadside to the idea of reformations being inherently grubby and uncreative ventures.

77
Pitchfork

This album is the antithesis of 2010's gooey let's-all-be-friends chillwave fun.

70
musicOMH

This is certainly, then, not an album to be taken lightly. Whilst this may be its chief difficulty, and one that will undoubtedly deter and daunt some listeners, it is nevertheless good to have a band and an artist with this darkly poetic a vision back recording and performing once again.

WhatTheFunk
72
Jarboe? Jarboe!!? JARBOE!!?!?!! ¡¿¡¡¡¿¡¡JARBOOooooOooOOOOoE!!?!!!?!

WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU JARBOE WHEN WE NEED YOU !!?!!?

Yeah, "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" is the first Swans album without Jarboe.

Write a review for a Swans album. The challenge already seems basically complicated. Complicated because Swans is inherently undefinable and unpredictable; because Swans put their foot in their mouths; because Mr. Gira ... read more
thomasny18
80
Yeah fine, this isn't as great as the three next albums to follow it, but My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky still makes for an album that definitely shouldn't be ignored in the Swans discography, especially for ones that are just getting into their music. Their latter albums feel closer to one whole experience, where if they don't stick the landing, it can all crumble down into an unpleasant and time wasted disappointment. However, this record feels a lot closer to a traditional ... read more
knewnie
80
as it stands, i think My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky stands as one of Swans' least important, but most accessible albums to date. the pros here certainly outweigh the cons, but it doesnt really represent a great statement or stand on a grandiose scale - it more stands as a signal of greater things to come.

the sound of My Father is a large departure from Swans' last album over 2 decades ago. gone are the tape recordings, the somewhat lofi recording,, and in comes full, intricate ... read more
PipePanic
80
And now we enter the modern era of Swans...

Trying to follow Soundtracks for the Blind is a feat that no band can pull off. An album that literally has been praised as audible perfection, a record that is more in common with films then it does actual music. It's a tough act to follow, and even Swans know this. This album comes after a long 14 year hiatus from the band, and with that amount of time and energy being held from Swans, one could imagine that they almost could be seen as a new band ... read more
BradTasteMusic
78
Took me 2 years to listen to this because I was so attached to Swans other work

It’s gucci

Some songs here are amazing and definitely worth coming back to. Some songs felt a bit too stripped back, but it was overall a positive experience. I enjoyed it front to back, but maybe front a bit more.
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Track List

  1. No Words/No Thoughts
  2. Reeling The Liars In
  3. Jim
  4. My Birth
  5. You Fucking People Make Me Sick 
  6. Inside Madeline
  7. Eden Prison
  8. Little Mouth

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