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Swans - The Seer
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #5 / 944
Year End Rank: #7
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Based on 457 ratings
2012 Ratings: #9
August 28, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

The Seer is the culmination of Gira’s 30-year-journey; his finest two hours, if you will.

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

It’s an exhausting and maddening document, but one can’t help but emerge from it filled with a renewed radiance.

100
FACT Magazine

The Seer is clearly brilliant, and may even be Swans’ finest album yet, three decades in.

100
No Ripcord

The Seer is 30 years’ worth of effort, a unique and exciting height earned after decades of creation, experimentation and unconventional musical disassembly. 

100
A.V. Club

With The Seer, one thing is certain: Even during its quietest lulls, Gira has never sounded louder. 

90
Pitchfork

It manages to expand on their sound while simultaneously summarizing everything they've ever recorded before.

90
Beats Per Minute

Just be thankful that the new Swans are as clever, as terrifying, and as proficient in their craft as presented on The Seer. There still aren’t any other bands out there quite like this.

90
Consequence of Sound

It’s wily, cunning, and aims to pull out the ecstasy hiding down in the guts of everyone, no matter if it’s uplifting or wretched.

85
The 405

The Seer is a superlative album which ranks amongst the very best work released under Swans name. 

80
PopMatters

The Seer ... is a brave record, one that at times threatens to lose its hold on you, but in the end one that manages to be self indulgent without being self serving. 

80
NME

This album’s two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans ... will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil.

76
Paste

With great ambition comes great risk. Nine times out of 10, The Seer’s sonic gambles pay off massively.

75
Under The Radar

With a firmly established legend behind him, The Seer doesn't serve to endear him to new fans but rather to deepen his already compelling narrative.

BradTasteMusic
99
[Original score 81, then 95] I am rewriting my review for this album

Swans - The Seer is not an easy listen. This is one of the few albums I have heard that has genuinely terrified me to uncontrollable tears. The diverse arrangement of tracks paints a really grim and open story. There is a lot of interpretation to be had with this album. Simply laying back and letting it consume me, I saw the story of this Seer as a physical man becoming a monster. The ending solidified this to me and it sent ... read more
Atrocityblubber
98
I feel like this album gets overshadowed by to be kind cause this is probably the most darkest gira has gotten on a swans album and it has some of the most beautiful moments I've ever hears on a swans album like a piece in the sky the last 5 minutes nearly made me cry after 15 minutes of build up. And speaking of build ups this is probably home to some of swans best build ups like on the track mother of the world. Overall amazing album and certainly one of swans best album's.
BuffaloStaple
95
fav swans album
endianness
100
The Seer is Swans' twelfth studio album and here they continue their well-established Post-Rock sound at their most refined and ominous. Patience is a required trait needed for appreciating a Swans record; something I, unfortunately, don't always have—but The Seer's apocalyptic soundscape is unquestionably worth the time investment. If you're willing to set aside two hours, what you'll find is a quintessential late October LP and arguably Swans' greatest achievement.
93
This album is like a good piece of chocolate cake. It can become tiring for a while, it not even your favorite kind, but you can not deny the amazing qualities it has.
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Track List

  1. Lunacy
  2. Mother of the World
  3. The Wolf 
  4. The Seer 
  5. The Seer Returns
  6. 93 Ave. B Blues
  7. The Daughter Brings the Water
  8. Song for a Warrior
  9. Avatar
  10. A Piece of the Sky
  11. The Apostate
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