Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

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  1. Jul 10, 2012
    This current incarnation of Swans swim across the salty sea of the group's three-decade strong catalog, executing a balance of grind and grace that casts a new light on old classics.
  2. Jun 25, 2012
    This is not a live album, but an alive album, one of the most visceral, beautiful records you'll hear this year.
  3. Jun 25, 2012
    It is the best Swans live record in that it distills the essential loss of agency one is meant to endure as best as two little discs can manage.
  4. Jun 25, 2012
    Gira and company have put a lot of care into this project, crafting a beautifully-recorded, exquisitely-packaged set that stands as the obvious next best thing to actually seeing the band in the flesh.
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  1. Jul 8, 2012
    Absolutely mind blowing, it shows Swans at the peak of their (reinvigorated) powers. Visceral as hell, but also intellectually challenging, it perfectly captures the extremely intense experience of watching them live in their last tour. The album rotates within itself, in growing circular and pulsating motion and, as the songs -old and/or recent, even unpublished- tower, expand and melt with each other, they resonate with unfathomable power -sourly bathed in vitriol, feedback and repetition- in ears and, even on top of that, brain. Serious candidate for album of the year... Full Review »