Beast Moans - Swan Lake
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  • Summary: 'Beast' marks the debut for Swan Lake, the new collaboration between Destroyer's Dan Bejar, Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug and Frog Eyes' Carey Mercer.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. It seems that when you mix superstar indie-ites, everything is increased exponentially. [Dec 2006, p.190]
  2. 80
    Beast Moans has the sound of self-produced rough cuts, mastered so treble-heavy and synth-garbled that it'll never actually feel like a finished record. Which is exactly the appeal. [Nov 2006, p.139]
  3. Beast Moans works far better than anyone should have expected.
  4. 60
    It's alternately spotty and spot-on. [Jan 2007, p.94]
  5. Beast Moans suffers from one weakness: the three members apparently forgot to stop and listen to each other before forging ahead with their own ideas.
  6. Ultimately, that’s the problem: No one can really decide where to take these songs, so everyone takes them everywhere.
  7. A muddled mess of convoluted textures that is at times, frankly, unlistenable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. DaveG
    Dec 2, 2006
    I think that most of this criticism is unfair. Yeah, it's true that the band doesn't always work as a band... but the project does. There's a reverb-soaked, haunting beauty to this album. Even if it doesn't structurally flow as some albums do, the songs themselves are all top-notch. Expand
  2. BigTomCasual
    Nov 28, 2006
    I don't understand why more people aren't embracing this album. Destroyer, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown - if you even remotely enjoyed these releases, then you have to check this out. I'm not sure why I've been reading all these disappointed reactions. I think this is great. I love nearly all the songs. Expand
  3. Martin
    Nov 27, 2006
    A beautiful record..eerie and kinda disturbing on first listen but it only gets better each time you hear it. I don't know how Spencer Krug keeps coming up with these gems Expand
  4. FredJ
    Nov 30, 2006
    It'll take some getting used to, but Beast Moans is worth the repeated listens. "All Fires" is fantastic, as are "Rubella" and "Are You Swimming in Her Pools." I'd reccommend it, but only to those who are a little familiar with Wolf Parade/Frog Eyes/Destroyer. Expand
  5. ErikH
    Dec 9, 2006
    At its best, this album is one of the top 2 or 3 releases of 2006. "Are You Swimming in Her Pools" is the best track I've heard all year. Unfortunately, it is plagued by inconsistencies and an obvious lack of cohesiveness from its members. I would recommend Wolf Parade's "Apologies," Destroyer's "Rubies," and Frog Eyes' "Golden River" all above this album. Expand
  6. atticush
    Feb 9, 2007
    interesting stuff but ultimately kind of disappointing. it all kind of mixes into one long sludge. albeit sludge with pretty cool moments.
  7. kde
    Feb 23, 2007
    there are a couple brilliant moments jammed into between far too much poorly produced and never quite fully flushed out songs.

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