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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Surprising in more ways than one, because although the album's predecessor, `Children of God', showed a broader musical pallet than some of the band's sparsely brutal earlier work, the richness of sound on display here is a revelation. On `The Burning World' Swans go far beyond the average rock template and incorporate a heady blend of strings, tablas, bazoukis and other exotic instruments in the mix which strives for melody as never before.
At its most successful, the album is absolutely beautiful. `The River That Runs With Love...' opens with an aching melody and wonderful violin. `Saved' is a powerful yet catchy anthem and Jarboe's vocals have never sounded better as she takes the lead on the gorgeously melancholic `Can't Find My Way Home' and `I Remember Who You Are'. The chilling `God Damn The Sun' is one of Gira's finest and a brilliant closing track.
So why, then, in retrospect, does Michael Gira apparently have little regard for the record? The answer would seem to lie in Bill Laswell's production which, in places, seems a little too bright and shiny; slick even. Also, Gira's vocals sound quite unlike those on other Swans record; forced and overly monotone for the most part. You almost get the impression that he is trying too hard to please his major label paymasters and feels that he is compromising his artistic integrity a little.Read more ›
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I love Michael Gira's music and I trust him completely.
The existence of this record, which is a terrible mistake he made in 1989 that I am absolutely sure he will never... Read more
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!Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by EmmaMc
Your town is on fire,everybody is dead or run away,the world is coming to an end and you're stuck in a rubbish bin hoping for a quick death,this is THE sound track for it. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2011 by B. B. Claussen
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... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
Back in the late 1980s, when there was precious little crossover between underground and mainstream music, how Swans were picked up by MCA on the back of intense and sometimes... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2007 by D. Newton