AOTY 2020

Soundtracks For The Blind

Swans - Soundtracks For The Blind
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
User Score
Based on 710 ratings
1996 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
Choosing to extinguish the band name under which Gira and Jarboe had worked together for so long must not have been an easy step, but when they decided to end Swans with one last studio release as a prelude to a farewell tour, they did so with what turned out to be their biggest and best album ever.
90
Sputnikmusic

Soundtracks for the Blind can’t really be characterized into one consistent sound, mainly because the album is so incredibly diverse.

MiaWatterson
95
"Well... well fuck, haha
I mean, I just don't know what to say
I'm very glad to be here with you tonight
I'll be able to talk to you about some things...
That I know a great deal about
Everyone knows that you are fucked up
And everyone knows that I am fucked up
But, does everyone know
That you are more fucked up than me?"
BradTasteMusic
100
How in the f... I don’t even know what I just sat through.

To Be Kind is one of my favorite albums of all time, and this album was truly a mind melting experience. I felt relaxed throughout te massive chaos of noise that was this album. It feels post apocalyptic and void of light, much as the name could explain. I found this to be blood pumping, psychedelic, and unbelievable.

[original score 95]
Edit: (Many months later)
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I feel like I ... read more
PipePanic
97
So.

I can already tell that this record, even though as of writing this section of the review, is gonna be a big one. I mean i'd hope that a 2 hour long record, an album that's longer then most movies, would be at lest an attempt at something groundbreaking, game changing and mind blowing. Hell, if anything i'd scared to even touch this. How can I do justice to a record that seemingly is perfect in the eyes and ears of literally anyone who listens to it? It's almost like the Holy Mountain of ... read more
JoaoSantos
50
well yes but actually no.
knewnie
90
Soundtracks for the Blind is one of the most interesting albums of all time. the sheer length of it, standing at 2hrs 21min, makes the album a serious commitment to sit down and listen to. especially for someone like me, who struggles with longer albums. and the overall sound of the album doesnt help - it's varied and massive, just a behemoth of sound that consumes you every listen. but what makes Soundtracks for the Blind so iconic is how it uses the medium of music, and creates something ... read more
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Track List

Disc 1 (Copper)

  1. Red Velvet Corridor
  2. I Was a Prisoner in Your Skull
  3. Helpless Child
  4. Live Through Me
  5. Yum-Yab Killers
  6. The Beautiful Days
  7. Volcano
  8. Mellothumb
  9. All Lined Up
  10. Surrogate 2
  11. How They Suffer
  12. Animus

Disc 2 (Silver)

  1. Red Velvet Wound
  2. The Sound
  3. Her Mouth Is Filled with Honey
  4. Blood Section
  5. Hypogirl
  6. Minus Something
  7. Empathy
  8. I Love You This Much
  9. YRP
  10. Fan's Lament
  11. Secret Friends
  12. The Final Sacrifice
  13. YRP 2
  14. Surrogate Drone  
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Added on: February 22, 2013