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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

the freedom



I've avoided mentioning/posting about the new Swan Lake record for numerous reasons, but I gave it a good solid listen today on a bike ride around the lake, and shit. It's amazing. I know they don't want bloggers posting random mp3s from it, so instead we'll just hotlink to Pitchfork's exclusive. Seeing as how they've resorted to posting reviews featuring video of chimpanzees drinking their own pee, we don't think they'll mind.

Swan Lake The Freedom mp3

Beast Moans comes out Nov. 21

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13 comments:

Blogger Jeff said...

I'm kind of out on it. A third is really good, a third is unlistenable, and a third sounds like cluttered up versions of the guys other bands. Which songs besides "All Fires", "Are You Swimming..", "the Partisan..." and "Pollenated Girls" do you think are really exceptional?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

i love it. seriously.

jeff, you don't care for "the freedom?"

xo,
mp

4:59 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

aside from the ones you've mentioned, i really like "widow's walk" and "the freedom," but then, i'm a big fan of Destroyer, and those are essentially Destroyer songs. and i definitely don't find any of it "unlistenable." it did fall a little short of my expectations (it's not my album of the year) but i still like it a lot.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous jeff said...

I like "the Freedom" alright I guess, but it just seemed like Destroyer minus the grandeur of his best. "Widow's Walk" seems a little muddled to me. Maybe unlistenable is a little unfair for some, but I think it's pretty accurate for "Shooting Rockets" at least. If you're singing along to that one, you're a better man than me.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

What I've heard of Swan Lake so far is far subtler than what I would have imagined, considering how dramatic each singer is. Good stuff!

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i tend to agree w/ Jeff... some of it is brilliant, some of it is merely ok, and some of it doesn't work at all.

i'd give it prolly a 6.5-7 outta 10

doesn't touch Sunset Rubdown that's for sure.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

I think I have to agree with Jeff too, Jagjauwar claimed that it amounted to more than the sum of it's parts, but that just isn't true.

If I was to be particularly harsh, the album sounds like bsides and outtakes from Bejar, Krug and Mercer's other bands.

Still, I'm happy it exists.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a huge destroyer fan and trying to find this album. where?

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