Love of Life (album)

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Love of Life
Studio album by Swans
Released February 24, 1992
Recorded October–December 1991
Genre Post-punk, art rock, neofolk
Length 50:04
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Body to Body, Job to Job
Love of Life
Real Love

Love of Life is the eighth studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1992, through the record label Young God Records.


The cover art is a painting by Deryk Thomas.

Like its predecessor, Love of Life is out of print and has not been reissued. Six of the eleven songs appear on the Various Failures compilation, and a further four appear on the Forever Burned compilation. These two compilations therefore contain all the material on this release, except the Jarboe composition "She Cries (For Spider)" and the untitled segue parts.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Michael Gira, except "She Cries (For Spider)", by Jarboe, all music composed by Gira and Jarboe.

No. Title Length
1. "(---)"   0:15
2. "Love of Life"   3:36
3. "The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed by the Sea"   4:30
4. "(---)"   0:34
5. "(---)"   2:00
6. "The Other Side of the World"   4:33
7. "Her"   5:15
8. "The Sound of Freedom"   4:28
9. "(---)"   0:31
10. "Amnesia"   4:11
11. "Identity"   4:30
12. "(---)"   0:56
13. "In the Eyes of Nature"   4:35
14. "She Cries (For Spider)"   4:47
15. "God Loves America"   3:41
16. "(---)"   1:12
17. "No Cure for the Lonely"   2:51

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press wrote, "Not as stunning in its passion as the band's best work, Love of Life is still an often beautiful, haunting record."[2] AllMusic wrote, "Love of Life unsurprisingly proves to be yet another Swans masterpiece."[1]



  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Love of Life – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Leland, David; Sheridan; Kenny, John; Frampton, Peter. " :: Swans". Retrieved March 2, 2013. 

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