Love of Life (album)

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Love of Life
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 1992
RecordedOctober–December 1991
StudioB.C. Studios (Brooklyn, New York)
LabelYoung God
ProducerMichael Gira
Swans chronology
Body to Body, Job to Job
Love of Life
Real Love
Singles from Love of Life
  1. "Love of Life" / "Amnesia"
    Released: 1992

Love of Life is the eighth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released in 1992 on Young God Records.


Like its predecessor, Love of Life was out of print for a long time and had not been reissued until December 2015.[2] 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)", as well as tracks 1 and 9.

The cover art is a painting by Deryk Thomas. All of the untitled segues, listed as both "(—)" and "(---)", are credited to the band Beautiful People LTD, which is a one-off collaboration between Jarboe and then-Swans bass player Larry Seven.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]

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."[5] AllMusic wrote, "Love of Life unsurprisingly proves to be yet another Swans masterpiece."[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side One
2."Love of Life"3:41
3."The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed by the Sea"4:32
6."The Other Side of the World"4:40
8."The Sound of Freedom"4:34
Total length:25:51
Side Two
13."In the Eyes of Nature"4:42
14."She Cries (For Spider)"4:57
15."God Loves America"3:43
17."No Cure for the Lonely[a]"2:56
Total length:28:04 (53:55)
^[a] This track is not present on all vinyl releases.


  • Michael Gira – vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, samples, production, sleeve artwork concept and design
  • Jarboe – vocals, keyboards, backing vocals, mellotron
  • Clinton Steele – guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Algis Kizys – bass guitar
  • Vincent Signorelli – drums
  • Jenny Wade – bass
  • Ted Parsons – drums
  • Troy Gregory – bass guitar
  • Larry Seven – bass guitar, guitar
  • Adam Jankowski – narration on "Identity"
  • Martin Bisiengineering, additional programming
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Mark Richardson – additional recording
  • Deryk Thomas – front cover illustration
  • Larry Lame – sleeve photography
  • Patricia Mooney – sleeve artwork and layout


  1. ^ Lariviere, Aaron (November 9, 2012). "Swans Albums From Worst To Best". Stereogum. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Young God Records staff. "WHITE LIGHT. . . + LOVE OF LIFE (LTD ED VINYL BOX SET / 3CD RELEASE)". Young God Records. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Love of Life – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  4. ^ "Swans". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Leland, John; Sheridan, David; Kenny, John; Frampton, Peter. " :: Swans". Retrieved March 2, 2013.

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