Originally Posted by Skuj
Agree, it got little love. It really is a transitional record to my ears. I think many people wanted To Be The Kind Seer Returns or something, but it's a slight left turn towards....god knows what. Several tracks on it are my fav 2010s Swans moments. It's amazing what they have given us since 2010. It's just epic. I still have not absorbed it all.
Hinestly I think the rape allegations did a lot of damage. Pitchfork, for instance, gave the album an 8-point something, but oddly didn't call it "best new music," and didn't do any features on it. It certainly didn't get any bad reviews, but it didn't get as many reviews as the two preceding albums. I think I saw it on 2 of the year's best-of lists, and I scoured those things like crazy.
I can't think of any other explanation. SWANS and Michael Gira seem to have been blacklisted, however temporarily.