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Don't call it a reunion
on September 26, 2010
SWANS are back and as singer M. Gira has noted several times "THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It's not some dumb-@$$ nostalgia act. It is not ...repeating the past."
This is yet another evolution in SWANS music and they have had many over the years. Defying musical conventions, including their own, is what has always made them great. They are not for the casual listener nor are they Top 40.
While many of the band members and contributors are back, Jarboe is absent as another reviewer noted (she does have her own solo career now and she was absent for many years during the band's foundation), however, the material doesn't suffer because of this. The new album is exactly what I expected while still surprising me at the same time. "Eden Prison" is the immediate stand-out track for me, but others are quickly growing on me to be my favorite. If you have been a fan of SWANS, Body Lovers, Angels of Light and Gira's solo works, then you will not be disappointed. Hands down the best CD I have bought this year!