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Record Review: Swans — To Be Kind

Two-disc record from revived project is more subtle, but still terrifying.



To Be Kind
Young God 

The third studio album from Michael Gira’s Swans since he reanimated the project in 2012 after a 14-year hiatus, To Be Kind is a two-hour double CD that simply never lets up. Perhaps this iteration of Swans isn’t the grinding, super-dark noise band that emerged from New York’s not-inconsiderable underbelly 30 years ago — subtlety certainly plays its part nowadays. But that doesn’t make this record any less terrifying. Chanting vocals and overpowering drum, guitar, and electronic noises envelop the listener in a wave of tribal-industrial art rock and, by the time you start disc two, you’ll feel emotionally drained. You’ve been warned. 


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