Swans – To Be Kind

Prevailing logic is that the sophomore LP is one of the most daunting challenges of a band’s career. After defining a musical voice with one record that might have taken years of prep, a band is expected to either live up to or outdo that record, and in short order. That said, some records are so big, so impactful, so daunting that they more or less reset the odometer, redefining the expectation cycle in much the same way. Over his roughly 30 years making music with Swans, Michael Gira has released a handful of albums that fit this category, moments so big that other albums respond to them (whether consciously on Gira’s behalf or in the cultural narrative) rather than merely follow them.

Release Date
May 13, 2014
Label
Young God Records/Mute
Formats
digital, vinyl, cd
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