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GREAT ANNIHILATOR

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: YGOD
  • ASIN: B000060OHW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
This 1994 album is introduced by IN, a soaring instrumental with a hint of wordless background vocals joined by spooky spacey sounds about halfway through and then fading over & under the laughter of a toddler. The pounding I Am The Sun with its tempo shifts follows, stuttering segments & speedier passages alternating to conclude in an exit of frantic drumming.

The dark humor - If humor it is - of She Lives! has Gira celebrating madness over a mid-tempo mix of piano and anxious guitar. The mid-tempo rock song Celebrity Lifestyle was released as a single; it is atypical of Swans in sound and word but in theme corresponds with the Soundtracks for the Blind track Volcano with its cheeky comments on a 90s rock starlet.

The first of Jarboe's three highly distinctive vocal performances on this album is the harsh Mother/Father where she howls & roars at full throat over a wall of massed guitars in a delivery with the vocal and thematic intensity of Black Eyed Dog on Ten Songs for Another World. Relief arrives with Gira's gentle Blood Promise, a ballad that sounds like Leonard Cohen on sedatives. Trance is the third in this sequence of styles as the hypnotic Mind Body Light Sound enchants with its sweeping rhythms, mesmerizing melody and spellbinding alternation between male & female vocals.

Jarboe's second haunting contribution is My Buried Child, the most mournful and simultaneously eerie track where her now husky voice intones the poetic lyrics in an urgent, uptempo chant.
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Between 1991 and 1994 Michael Gira's Swans released three landmark albums, `White Light From the Mouth of Infinity', `Love of Life' and `The Great Annihilator', which set a new standard in intelligent, adult, powerful, accessible rock music yet also delivered an uncompromising artistic vision.

Of the three, `1994's `The Great Annihilator' seems to be the least celebrated. I would like to help put the record straight because I believe this to be one of the finest rock records ever made.

Similarly to `White Light...' `The Great Annihilator' runs to an epic length, just short of 70 minutes, and is capped with two short instrumentals. The music between `In' and `Out' is breathtaking: dark guitars, pounding drums, swirling sound and keyboards are incredibly atmospheric. Long-time musical collaborators Westberg, Parsons and Kizys demonstrate their expertise in bringing Gira's visions to life.

`I Am The Sun' features a punishing drum and guitar rhythm which would not sound out of place on 1987's uncompromising `Children of God'; this is immediately and effectively followed by `She Lives!' where Gira's drawled vocals and sparse musical backing create an atmosphere of pure menace.

Ironically, the two most `commercial' tracks musically (if such a word can ever be justifiably applied to Swans) feature some of the most disturbing and acerbic lyrics. `Celebrity Lifestyle' is even more pertinent in today's `Big Brother'-fixated society of brain-dead halfwits than when the album was released, whilst `Killing for Company' is slickly executed and drips with obsessional, murderous imagery.

Jarboe's vocal contribution has never been better or more varied.
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Not as magical as the preceding album 'Love of Life', yet darker and more epic in tone, 'The Great Annihilator' is one of Swans' finest works. The album feels claustrophobic, as if we are caught in the lungs of the cosmos as it breathes outwards (creation) then inwards (destruction).

A handful of the songs would have fit perfectly on the aforementioned 'Love of Life', for instance 'Blood Promise', an utterly beautiful piece: "Every breath, I stole from you, and I will never see your perfect body...I'll never betray your blood promise." But the sense of a force of gravity is far stronger here than on the albums which immediately preceded it. On 'Alcohol the Seed' Gira claims he needs alcohol to "open his blood" (he certainly wouldn't be the first artist to do so).

Another familiar Swans theme is the amorphousness of boundaries between the body and the universe, and two songs on this album deal strongly with this theme ('Mind/Body/Light/Sound' and 'Where Does A Body End?'). These are two of the most musically compelling pieces, especially the latter, although nearly every track on the album has a rich, hypnotic pull which it is hard to get away from.

'Celebrity Lifestyle' is a blackly humourous piece, which might well have been written about Paris Hilton (if it hadn't been penned in 1994). "All her children want a suck and a taste, of her celebrity lifestyle...a self-reflecting image of a narcotised mind...the perfect image of the end of time." Michael Gira has written a perfect portrait of a society in its death throes. Indeed, if a culture is judged by those it adulates then our own must surely stand condemned.
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