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Swans - The Seer
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Based on 29 reviews
2012 Ratings: #5 / 956
Year End Rank: #6
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Based on 652 ratings
2012 Ratings: #6
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
100
[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
WhatTheFunk
95
THE WAY OF THE CROSS.

It would be easy to begin my review by describing the Swans' music as a condensation of pure darkness, because it is what strikes right away when we listen to their albums: an unhealthy and deeply disturbing atmosphere emanates from their compositions, detectable with the arrival of a detuned piano in the first seconds of "Lunacy". The fact that the Swans practice dark and cold music has been obvious since their beginnings; however, having fun while listening to ... read more
PipePanic
100
This isn't your average every day darkness. This is...Advanced Darkness.

Oh boy oh boy was I excited for this record. The cover art has intimidated and interested me ever since my small child brain saw it browsing Spotify one day back when it was first released. That cover art has stuck in my brain like a knife, and I have always wanted to listen to what exactly this album had in store for me as soon as I could. It's such an evil image, and I was over the moon to finally be confronted with the ... read more
knewnie
90
ITS TIMEEEEEEEE. the moment i've all been waiting for, the time has come to throw my hat in the ring and review one of the most notable and exciting strings of albums in recent memory. these three albums might go down as some of the most essential albums that came out in this decade, and it's not hard to see why. The Seer, To Be Kind, and The Glowing Man all serve as some of the most exploratory, experimental, and boundary-pushing musical expeditions ever. each one serves as a unique dive into ... read more
Inglume
100
Now that I think of it...

The Seer > To Be Kind

God damn! The atmosphere of The Seer is almost impossible to replicate! Out of all the Swans albums, The Seer is definitely one of the tougher albums to sit through, but it's satisfying in a way like no other. It's dark, horrifying, ominous, yet also elegant and fascinatingly hypnotic. While To Be Kind is a noisier, more abrasive album, The Seer represents a fine balance between noise and calmness to create a creative experience that REALLY ... read more
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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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