Swans | The Great Annihilator | Review
You don't listen to Swans, you endure them.
You don't listen to Swans, you endure them. Since 1983, they have dabbled in most musical indulgencesÂ—proto-industrial, goth rock, even a bit psychedelic folkÂ—and these days main Swan Michael Gira commands the same grudging respect as Jim Foetus and Switzerland's Young Gods. The Great Annihilator is the eleventh Swans album and takes them on yet another remarkable sonic quest. The epic, mantra-like drone of In provides a fitting overture, and from there on follows a sometimes exquisite examination of sadness, love and death, the compositional qualities of which would rival Nyman's Piano Suite. Individual Swans moments may be remembered with greater affection, but The Great Annihilator is their crowning glory.