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  • Summary: The third release since the Michael Gira-led band reformed in 2010 was recorded by John Congleton and has a run time of over two hours.
  • Record Label: Young God
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Noise-Rock, American Underground, Post-Punk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jun 4, 2014
    100
    To Be Kind is as vital and unsettling as anything they’ve ever done, and displays a mastery of their craft that seems almost automatic at this point.
  2. 100
    It might be the most accessible Swans album yet. The long stretches of abstract noise are draped over some surprisingly catchy hooks. A few moments might even qualify as singalong road trip anthems.
  3. 91
    To Be Kind is a loving ode to chaos, full of deranged, mutant energy and even more brilliant for it.
  4. May 12, 2014
    80
    People are still willing to give music their time and money. With albums like To Be Kind, it’s easy to see why.
  5. 80
    To Be Kind is evidence that they continue to grow and may not have reached their peak yet. It's superb for now, though. [Summer 2014, p.90]
  6. May 15, 2014
    80
    Given its length, trying to tackle To Be Kind n one sitting might feel like the musical equivalent of scaling Everest, but with so many dizzying peaks along the way the effort is well rewarded. [Jun 2014, p.90]
  7. May 8, 2014
    60
    To Be Kind is uncompromising to the point of overindulgence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. May 13, 2014
    10
    The thirteenth album of Swans is a work that is pulled with hands in blood, it's arranged by
    demons and conceptuality embarks everything in
    The thirteenth album of Swans is a work that is pulled with hands in blood, it's arranged by
    demons and conceptuality embarks everything in the mind of M.Gira the monster behind this
    double monster, To Be Kind is a two-hour journey full of screams, tears, whispering voices, epic outros, spiritism, mantras, violence and putting the savage in this masterpiece is putting the glory (in my opinion) in the best album by this extraordinary band, To Be Kind is insane, wonderful, terrific,surprising, mortal, ecclesiastical, narcotic, scary but mostly beautiful, it´s beautiful because,it's done with the hard work , with the eternal blood that flows in them. To Be Kind is a masterpiece.
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  2. May 13, 2014
    10
    This is not experimental music, this is pure power delivered by Thor himself, or Mr. Gira as we have known him since he formed Swans. Musik, non stop!
  3. Jun 3, 2014
    10
    Really one of those rare albums you list under the category of incredible. Once you start playing it, you will most likely not be able to stopReally one of those rare albums you list under the category of incredible. Once you start playing it, you will most likely not be able to stop until the experience is complete. Powerful and profound, this is shaping up to be the almost unanimous best album of 2014. And it's only June. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    Për një LP që zgjat 2 orë e gjatë , ajo nuk ka humbur interesin dëgjuesit me këngë të shumta që shtrihen kufijtë e muzikës . Prandaj , To BePër një LP që zgjat 2 orë e gjatë , ajo nuk ka humbur interesin dëgjuesit me këngë të shumta që shtrihen kufijtë e muzikës . Prandaj , To Be Kind nga mjellmat mund të jetë një nga LPS më të mira të 2014.
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  5. May 22, 2015
    10
    This is not music to put on in your car while you're driving around. This is music to transcend. While you can enjoy specific songs in theThis is not music to put on in your car while you're driving around. This is music to transcend. While you can enjoy specific songs in the traditional way it is much more powerful as an immersive experience. It takes an investment of time and soul I think but the ultimate payoff is worth it and has opened me up to other "music" that I found too intimidating or strange. And if you ever get to see them live DO IT! As powerful as the music is on recorded media it is 10x more effective in a live setting with all of your senses absorbing the energy. Beautiful brutality! Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    Was finna give this a 10/10, but that would mean I would have to argue to myself that it's as good as Benji and deserves a 9.5 or higher.Was finna give this a 10/10, but that would mean I would have to argue to myself that it's as good as Benji and deserves a 9.5 or higher. Still an amazing album, nonetheless and an improvement on The Seer from 2012, which was good, but the length of that album held it down. The length for To Be Kind does nothing but make it that much more epic.

    Side note:m A Little God In My Hands and Oxygen can both make claims for song of the year in my opinion
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  7. Jun 16, 2014
    2
    Annoying, distant, foggy, echoing, repulsive, childish, naive. The masses are obviously flying with the Swans. I keep giving chances but afterAnnoying, distant, foggy, echoing, repulsive, childish, naive. The masses are obviously flying with the Swans. I keep giving chances but after several listens, no. Good music is not about being extraordinary and weird, it's something else. They've got their own sound, yes, but instead of feeling great, I feel like this is music for the depressed and bittered **** Grow up. You have only one life to live. Expand

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