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 19 reviews
2010 Ratings: #18 / 833
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 82 ratings
2010 Ratings: #67
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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.


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.

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.


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


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.

Apr 9, 2016
swans' first release of new material since 1994 is a big jump from their previous style. it makes for a great album, but it is very rare that an artist comes back from an extended hiatus at the top of their game. this album lacks the brutality and relentless unleashing of energy that was found in swans' older LPs, like soundtracks for the blind. that is an aspect that i always associate with swans' music, but it just wasnt present here like it used to be. the blues and folk influenced areas ... read more
Nov 16, 2017
Putting it simply, this is one of Swans' most uninteresting albums to date. Not at all compelling and just very safe for them. Their next albums, however, were miles better than what they released here.
Dec 6, 2016
An excellent comeback album from the post-rock kings. Swans produce a really intense ambience that is somewhat unprecedented from their older albums. Nice release.
Oct 6, 2016
One of the best reform albums ever.
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