What does it sound like?:
The last album of the current line-up is business as usual for this incarnation of the band: eight long songs (overall running time, two hours), each more cauterised than the last, Gira howling and screaming, the Swans men thrashing away. It ebbs and flows masterfully. It throws up half a dozen ‘moments’ (Swans, the archetypal ‘moments’ band) that are worthy of anything in the band’s back catalogue, and the appearance of of Gira’s wife, Jennifer, on the highlight ‘When Will I Return’ and ‘Finally, Peace’ hints at what I hope is a future direction for the band (I hope this because my favourite era of the band is the Jarboe years). Otherwise there is nothing that will surprise or indeed disappoint longtime Swans watchers, nor anything that might attract the curious. Fans, you know you’re in good hands with this one — it’s as brilliant and exhausting as ever; newbies, probably best to start elsewhere.
What does it all *mean*?
Lengthwise, it’s 2 mins shorter than To Be Kind, 1 min shorter than The Seer, 1 hr 14 mins longer than My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky, 23 mins shorter than Soundtracks For The Blind, 16 mins longer than The Great Annihilator, 1 hr 5 mins longer than Love Of Life, 12 mins longer than White Light From The Mouth Of Infinity, 1 hr 14 mins longer than The Burning World, 43 mins longer than Children Of God, and lot longer than the painful ones that came before Children Of God.
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Might suit people who like…