Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Young God)
Another great record from a great band, but the best thing about My Father? Its timing. The first studio album in fourteen years from Michael Gira’s industrial behemoth, the announcement of My Father came in the midst of a slew of bands reforming for no reason beyond some live laughs and a last pay day (not that there’s anything wrong with that, Pavement et al, but at least be open about it). Swans, however, sounded like they hadn’t missed a beat since disbanding – My Father is driven and bitter, and stands eye to eye with Swans’ ‘80s and ‘90s classics.