Great Annihilator CD (2002)

Artist: Swans

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Label Caroline Distribution
SKU 60516595
UPC 658457001820
UPC 14 00658457001820
Format CD
Release Date 1/22/2002
Author Swans
Technical Info
Producer M. Gira
CatalogID YG 18CD
Lable Name Young God
Released 01/23/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00658457001820
Album Notes and Credits
Swans includes: M. Gira, Jarboe (vocals).
THE GREAT ANNIHILATOR is often hailed by critics and audiences alike as Swans' most palatable and accessible album. On this release, multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira foregoes his more experimental and industrial tendencies in favor of easily digestible soundscapes and tracks that are, at times, downright catchy. Songs such as "Mind/Body/Light/Sound" even tread into dance territory. "My Buried Child" and "Warm" showcase the breathy female vocals of Gira's partner and collaborator, Jarboe, who nicely complements his deeply brooding, almost demonic drawl. Also of note here is Gira's assemblage of a strong crew of instrumentalists--including frequent collaborator Norman Westberg on guitar, Algis Kizys on bass, Clinton Steele on guitar, and Ted Parsons on drums.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/5/95, p.69) - 3 Stars - Good - "...The music has opened up a great deal. Acoustic guitar and nearly New Age electronic pastels are as likely to be part of the mix as the band's signature metallic harshness..."
Alternative Press (5/95, pp.80-82) - "...Swans are a call to glorious nullification that resounds in attempts to escape corporal existence and despair. It's a space that is either foreboding, all too real, or soothing...but no matter how you get there, THE GREAT ANNIHILATOR is intense, exhilarating, and believe it--very beautiful..."
Option (5-6/95, p.136) - "...this music is both grandiose and meticulously detailed; rather than pop's recklessly forward momentum and instant gratification..."
NME (Magazine) (1/28/95, p.48) - 6 - Good - "...A soundtrack of serial killer ballads and Faustian pacts....The lyrics veer from hysteria to hysterical...add the music...and, as with fellow nightcrawler Nick Cave, it all clicks into place..."
Disc 1
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 Great Annihilator, The
16 Out

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