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The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all in varnished and embossed card packaging. On Mute.

Vinyl Triple LP £20.70 STUMM389

3LP on Mute in triple gatefold sleeve, printed on brown kraft board with a spot gloss varnish and embossing throughout. Includes 'The Glowing Man’ poster.

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CD £14.99 LCDSTUMM389

2CD + DVD set on Mute packaged in 8-page digipak, printed on brown kraft board with a spot gloss varnish and embossing throughout.

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CD £11.99 CDSTUMM389

2CD on Mute packaged in 6-page digipak, printed on brown kraft board with a spot gloss varnish and embossing throughout.

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REVIEWS

The Glowing Man by SWANS
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9/10 Gregor Omelasz 7th February 2017

This is a far better offering than To Be Kind which felt too glossy in parts. The Glowing Man on the other hand harmonizes what they achieved on The Seer with what they achieved in the 90's (a wee bit). Much like the 2 preceding records, this should be consumed whole, there's no time for plucking out 1 or 2 tracks when there's 2 hours to sink. It's a ride from start to finish, and it sounds so murky (in a good way like), something that was missing from To Be Kind.

If this is indeed the last Swans record from this incarnation, then I'm all for it, because 'Finally, Peace' ends it on a great mantra.

Your glorious mind

Your glorious mind

Your glorious mind

Your glorious mind...


8/10 Greg B. 4th February 2017

Said to be the final album under the current incarnation of the band, Michael Gira and co. pulls no punches on Swans’ fourteenth effort. With its eight tracks spread across almost two hours (including three, I repeat, THREE songs that last 20 minutes or longer), it’s an uneasy and meticulous listen, but beneath the plethora of sounds that makes up The Glowing Man, there are signs of hope, and after three decades of punishing beauty, it makes you wonder where Swans, and particularly Michael Gira, goes from here.


9/10 George Customer rating (no review), 6th August 2019
1/10 Marc Customer rating (no review), 26th September 2016



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