The Great Annihilator

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The Great Annihilator
Swans - Great Annihilator.jpg
Studio album by Swans
Released January 23, 1995
Recorded February, 1993 – June, 1994
Genre Experimental rock, post-punk, industrial, gothic rock
Length 68:06
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Kill the Child
(1995)
The Great Annihilator
(1995)
Die Tür ist zu
(1996)
Singles from The Great Annihilator
  1. "Celebrity Lifestyle"
    Released: October 24, 1995

The Great Annihilator is the ninth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released on January 23, 1995, through record label Young God. The album has since been described by Gira as a companion album to his solo album Drainland; the two will be remastered and re-released in April 2017.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
CMJ New Music Monthly favorable[3]
SputnikMusic 4.0/5 (excellent)[4]

The Great Annihilator received a generally positive reception from critics, though was seen in a less favourable light to the band's previous work. AllMusic called the album "an epic, incredible work of art."[2] Trouser Press, on the other hand, wrote that the album "reveals [...] that the band is running out of ideas", commenting that is "unlikely to satisfy long-term followers. A more accessible Swans may also be a less cathartic one."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Michael Gira except "My Buried Child" (lyrics: Michael Gira, music: Michael Gira, Jarboe) and "Out" (Michael Gira, Jarboe).

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "In" 2:27
2. "I Am the Sun" 3:23
3. "She Lives!" 7:00
4. "Celebrity Lifestyle" 4:10
Total length: 17:00
Side Two
No. Title Length
5. "Mother/Father" 4:07
6. "Blood Promise" 4:15
7. "Mind/Body/Light/Sound" 4:52
8. "My Buried Child" 2:58
Total length: 16:12
Side Three
No. Title Length
9. "Warm" 4:54
10. "Alcohol the Seed" 3:29
11. "Killing for Company" 6:55
12. "Mother's Milk" 2:26
Total length: 17:44
Side Four
No. Title Length
13. "Where Does a Body End?" 3:42
14. "Telepathy" 6:11
15. "The Great Annihilator" 4:53
16. "Out" 2:24
Total length: 17:10 (68:06)

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Gira – sounds (1-3, 5-16), vocals (2-4, 6, 7, 10-15), 12-string electric guitar (2-4, 10, 11, 13, 14), electric guitar (1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 15), acoustic guitar (3, 6, 9, 12), production
  • Jarboe – backing vocals (1-5, 7, 8, 10 - 16), organ (3, 7, 10, 11, 13), vocals (5, 8, 9, 12, 16), keyboards (6, 14, 15), sounds (1, 6)
  • Bill Rieflin – drums (1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13 - 15), sounds (2, 3, 10, 11), percussion (2, 11), 12-string acoustic guitar (3, 13), loops (15)
  • Algis Kizys – bass (1-5, 7, 10, 11, 13-15)
  • Norman Westberg – electric guitar (1-7, 10-15)
  • Clinton Steele – electric guitar (1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 13-15), acoustic guitar (11), drone guitar (12)
  • Ted Parsons – drums (3, 4, 15)

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://younggodrecords.com/products/great-annihilator-2017
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "The Great Annihilator – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jarman, David (March 1995). "Reviews". CMJ. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/30742/Swans-The-Great-Annihilator/
  5. ^ Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Kenny, Glenn; Frampton, Scott. "trouserpress.com :: Swans". trouserpress.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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