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The Burning World [Import]

Swans Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sba
  • ASIN: B00004VPPB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender & tuneful masterpiece 24 Mar 2005
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Burning World pays tribute to author Paul Bowles as is evident from titles like Let It Come Down and the mention of "sheltering sky" in the lyrics of Saved. The album is a classic by default; the artists were of the opinion that producer Bill Laswell didn't understand what they wished to achieve, hence their problematic view of The Burning World.

Still it is a work of great beauty. As far as accessibility goes, this is the one Swans work that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people with different musical tastes - from the Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Joy Division fan to those who love atmospheric rock or eastern-influenced world music sounds.

Swans gave up the ghost in the late 90s with an awesome legacy in their own albums and side-projects like World of Skin. An acquired taste, the band has on various albums explored extreme emotions and extreme music. This gentle, melodious album also has its moments of intensity like the devastating God Damn The Sun where Michael Gira out-Cohens Leonard on a tale of despair with a twirling seductive tune.

Another breathtaking track is their interpretation of Steve Winwood's Can't Find My Way Home, hypnotically and spookily sung by Jarboe over the eerie instrumentation, as is I Remember Who You Are which turns Jarboe's expressive voice into a medium of tenderness, empathy and reassurance. The melodious track Saved with its spiritual undertone is another highlight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful, kinder & gentler Gira (on the surface) 25 July 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Burning World pays tribute to author Paul Bowles as is evident from titles like Let It Come Down and the mention of "sheltering sky" in the lyric of Saved. It's a work of great beauty and wide accessibility, being the one Swans work that ought to appeal to musical tastes ranging from Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Joy Division to the fans of atmospheric rock and even eastern-influenced world music.

The style has been called über-folk; acoustics guitars and strings - violin, viola and cello - are prominent while the tabla is one of the main contributors to the engaging rhythmic textures. Judging by the quality of the melodies, lyrics and arrangements, The Burning World is one of the most outstanding works of the 1980s.

Swans mark I disbanded in the late 90s with an impressive legacy of own albums and side-projects like World of Skin. An acquired taste, the band has on various albums explored extreme emotions through extreme music.

Their early 1980s work explored harsh industrial/extreme heavy metal sounds, then Children of God (1987) blended softness & severity whilst Love Of Life & White Light from the Mouth of Infinity (both 1991) & Great Annihilator (1995) provided powerful guitar rock and Soundtracks For The Blind (1996) investigated the drone & atmospheric electronics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corp Hore 2 Sep 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Fell to earth with a resounding thud when first released; neutered. Latterly it has stood up, shook itself and revealed itself as somewhat missing the hanging basket of old, whilst wandering around without a purpose, also caught between different audience expectations. Probably more to do with my musical taste and perception, but also it was the impact of being "signed." Making classic records no one hears saps morale, the paradox is when the big label beckons it becomes a date with the devil.

Megabucks Corp want a return on the deal. This means playing to pre-established profiled audiences. Experimentation is out, harsh dynamics erased and instead softness, no clashing tones; soporific music for daytime airtime consumption is the template, to be played next to Bruce, Cars and co.

Michael and Jarboe signed in blood, then made an attempt to water down and crawl into the corporate world, whilst keeping their heads high. An opening into the magi world of the cascading lava flows of snow business. Meanwhile Michael's flat world alienated baritone booms from the pit of his acidic lined stomach, with his sonic tones coated in the slatherings of liver duct bile; except all turned down a notch, but still it was far too much to sell holidays in the Seychelles

Love and loss echo through empty caverns of a silent clanging rib cage throughout this album, as it builds in layers, to blast an existential howl shaped by the jawbone into sheer nihilism.

As counter relief, Jarboe soars and dips with the elegance of a canary trapped in the talons of a hawk. The musical palette is a pot pourri of middle eastern instrumentation creating a variety of slow builds, allowing Michael to introspect on life.
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I love Michael Gira's music and I trust him completely.

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Album was hand delivered to ensure it was received in time for my husband's birthday. Record is in perfect condition, great value for money. One happy hubby!
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