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Leaving Meaning.


Leaving Meaning.

Fifteenth studio album from Michael Gira's New York experimental rock band

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A customarily monolithic work of experimental rock
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    Swans perform a masterful balancing act between light and dark, hope and hopelessness on leaving meaning
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  3. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    It’s still haunting, and it’s still beautiful. It’s like a soundtrack to exploring some abandoned, centuries-old mansion in the middle of a desert, now filled with ghosts, lost memories, and cobwebs weaved around expensive furniture
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Sonically, Swans might well be different this time around, but some things never change. Gira’s ability to look at the world and show us how terrifying it is continues to reap rewards
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Gira turns inward and finds just as much depth within the contours of his band’s new sound as he did its most overwhelming energy
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Slightly lighter return from the most serious man in rock. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Torture it may be, but it's never felt so sweet
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  8. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Michael Gira reshuffles his famous band’s lineup, inviting collaborators like the Necks and Ben Frost for a record that emphasizes elegiac beauty over raging catharsis
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  9. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    In true Swans fashion, Leaving Meaning breaks all the rules, this time by going softer then anyone expected. Trimmed down and constrained, the longest track clocks in at a measly 12 minutes, a step back from the quarter-to-half-hour epics Gira has been writing for the past decade
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  10. 6.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It is an admirable effort that doesn't tell us much about what the future has in store, but to make people aware that Swans aren't quite dead...yet
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  11. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is a piece of blood-spattered Americana, a haunted-house version of the fabled American dream
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