My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
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Based on 21 reviews
2010 Ratings: #30 / 854
Year End Rank: #41
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Based on 136 ratings
2010 Ratings: #86
September 21, 2010 / Release Date
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Young God Records / Label
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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.

Yup, I enjoyed it that much.
Sonically, it's sort of a microcosmos of what Swans would do later, in their most recent trilogy of records.
Comparatively, it is faster paced and ideas come and go much faster. I don't mind it.
There's also a slight more acessible tone to the whole thing, not as abrasive/agressive as other releases, more post-rock than post-punk.
Although not stereotypically structured, the lyrics are more straightfoward in their message and, also, just a bigger part of the songs ... read more
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
"My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky" is a relatively tame Swans record, who with a new roster, decide to once again switch up their sound and leave their past work in the past. Although overshadowed by the behemoth records that follow, this is definitely a worthy Swans release that is accessible enough to offer newer listeners a taste of Swans and also of Michael Gira - whose "folk" inspired work with Angels of Light bleeds over to this LP.

I honestly believe ... read more

This album is great for those who are looking for an album to start with getting into Swans. The blend of experimental instrumentation and accessible melodies is truly masterful, and, for some reason, the title really gets to me. It just seems so uplifting, yet really dark and depressing, much like the material on this record. There's two sides to every coin, some may be really shiny on one side and dirty/rusty on the other side. This album? It's a really shiny nickel.

Color: ... read more
Great album even if your father is in prison
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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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