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Format: CD
Sku: 60516595
UPC: 658457001820
UPC 14: 00658457001820
Release Date: 1/22/2002
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Song Listing

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

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Swans includes: M. Gira, Jarboe (vocals).
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: M. Gira

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Doo Wop Rhythm & Blues
Muze Music Compilations Cameo Parkway 1957-1967

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/23/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : YG 18CD
Music Label Name Label : Young God
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00658457001820

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..."

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