The Great Annihilator

Swans - The Great Annihilator
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1995 Ratings: #131 / 440
User Score
Based on 304 ratings
1995 Ratings: #26
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January 23, 1995 / Release Date
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Young God / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Like no other band I can think of, their work consistently forces its audience to address profound issues of selfhood and mortality with an inimitable level of gravitas and intellect.

80
AllMusic

As is par for the course by now, Swans seem incapable of producing a bad album, and Annihilator is crammed full of astonishing songs to prove it.

80
PopMatters

Between the remastering and the added context, The Great Annihilator is afforded a 20-something-years-later argument as one of the classics of Swans' sizable discography.

75
Spectrum Culture

If it’s not the essential entry in the Swans’ discography it comes close, leaving the listener spent, unsure if they have the courage to take the journey again any time soon and yet eager to do so, to discover those things they missed the first time, to feel the feelings contained within the microcosms of these grooves.

72
Pitchfork

By 1995’s The Great Annihilator, Swans weren’t imitating pop music so much as swallowing its features to create something monstrous.

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85
I would like to give a shoutout to @Inglume for making an amazing review for this album: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/inglume/album/5891-the-great-annihilator/

Anyways, this was great. This is probably their darkest album along with Children of God. I thought about this for a while - and this is now my favourite Swans album. It's better than To Be Kind, The Seer, and a lot of other people's favourite Swans albums. Before listening to this, I thought it was gonna sound like Soundtracks ... read more
knewnie
85
finally, finally, i'm writing a review for The Great Annihilator. this album has been one of the hardest i've ever come across to accurately express my thoughts and feelings. it's a very difficult album that pushes against all my attempts to analyze it like it's got some dark forcefield protecting it. every time i try to reach in and grab something, it's like i'm sticking my hand into a black hole... i'm just lost and nothing comes out. fitting that a Great Annihilator is another term for a ... read more
PipePanic
90
Swans really can do no wrong, huh?

I had no expectations for this album. The last couple of Swans album have felt only the tiniest bit predictable, and having heard that this is one of Swans best albums, I had really no idea to where Swans were going to take this record. Where are they gonna take their airey, folky sound next? Will they continue to refine that sound, or go all out for a album that just punched me in the throat?

And then it punched me in the throat.

I feel as if this album is ... read more
notanalt
100
I am The Inevitable. I Am The Destroyer. Your Mind, Body, Life, And Soul Is Mine!
- ✹ ◎ ∞
El_Bark
90
oooooo 🅱️ig 🅱️rain time

On Mother of the World, Michael GEEEE-RA sings "IN AND OUT AND IN AND OUT, AGAAAAAIIIIINNNNN"
He's saying to play The Great Annihilator on repeat 🤯 Because it's such a great album
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Track List

  1. In
  2. I Am the Sun
  3. She Lives!
  4. Celebrity Lifestyle
  5. Mother/Father
  6. Blood Promise
  7. Mind/Body/Light/Sound
  8. My Buried Child
  9. Warm
  10. Alcohol the Seed
  11. Killing for Company
  12. Mother's Milk
  13. Where Does a Body End?
  14. Telepathy
  15. The Great Annihilator
  16. Out  
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