August 24, 2012
8 / 10 “Don’t rule God out of the equation just yet,” Michael Gira told Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts when the pair talked about the creative process in a recent interview. The words may as well be a manifesto for Swans, Gira’s soul-eating New York noise outfit of no little renown, reactivated in 2010 after 13 years of limbo. Described by its author as the culmination of his life’s work, this album’s two-hour stretch may seem offputtingly dense at first, but give them time, and Swans – with a little help from Karen O, who appears on the hushed ‘Song For A Warrior’ – will take you to a place that is beyond good and evil. Warning: may contain traces of God.
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