White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

Swans - White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
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Based on 2 reviews
1991 Ratings: #90 / 408
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Based on 139 ratings
1991 Ratings: #21
October 31, 1991 / Release Date
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Young God / Label
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dark, dreary, and emotional, swans gives a record that sets an atmosphere that is unmatched. the instrumental work on this LP is insane. from guitars, to drums, and even some synths are in there as well, the mix of materials used to create this project is awesome. this is swans' best record from this period in their history, except for soundtracks for the blind. what i really got from this was a depressing yet optimistic viewpoint on the world and what goes on in it.
fav tracks: will we ... read more
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity presents some of the best songs recorded by Swans. The instrumentals are incredible and the whole experience is just so amazing and powerful.

Favourite Tracks: Love Will Save You, Failure, Miracle of Love, Blind, Why Are We Alive
Least Favourite Tracks: Song for Dead Time
My favorite country album.

Dark, dingy, aggressive, in your face, yet light, wholesome, beautiful and tender. This is a album that really pushes its dark, Gothic atmosphere, creating a polluted and almost overbearing soundscape that is both comforting and threatening. It's an album that's both an aggressive push and a helping hand. It's got both the intense lyricism of some of Swans best records, while also having a unique instrumental undertone that really pushes this album from alright to ... read more
I am actually surprised that I'm nearing the end of Swans' discography and they still manage to blow me away.
White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity is not only the most enjoyable and interesting album from the time before their hiatus, it's also the one with by far the best instrumentals and some of Gira's best vocal work. I would probably still argue that Children Of God is better than this, and it definitely doesn't top some of their later work.

Favourite Tracks: Miracle Of Love; Failure; ... read more
Although it isn't arguably as "grand" in nature as the monsters in their discography (e.g. SftB, TbK), it's still a very solid effort from the experimental rock group and an overall enjoyable and consistent record. Definitely more accessible than some of their other projects, I'd say, but I enjoy it quite a bit nonetheless.
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Track List

  1. Better Than You
  2. Power and Sacrifice
  3. You Know Nothing
  4. Song for Dead Time
  5. Will We Survive
  6. Love Will Save You
  7. Failure
  8. Song for the Sun
  9. Miracle of Love
  10. When She Breathes
  11. Why Are We Alive?
  12. The Most Unfortunate Lie  
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