Friday, February 25, 2011


Swans- Love Will Tear Us Apart EP (1988) MP3 & FLAC


"You cry out in your sleep, all my failings exposed, and there's a taste in my mouth as desperation takes hold."

Attempting to cover songs as intensely personal as Ian Curtis' Joy Division swansong, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is a risky business, and though Michael Gira more or less disowned this release some years back, it has considerable charms that make it worth seeking out. While Gira does as well as can be expected with the title track (two versions no less), the real gem here is "Our Love Lies," on which Gira, flush with a gospel-style chorus of over-dubbed Jarboes, sounds like an even more wrecked and messianic version of Mark Lanegan. Unfortunately, the CD version of this release did not include the "Black Version" of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," which featured Jarboe on lead vocal. This version is generally thought to be even better than Gira's "Red Version."

Love Will Tear Us Apart (CD Single Edition)
1. Love Will Tear Us Apart  (3:41)
2. Trust Me  (4:22)
3. Our Love Lies  (4:34)
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Acoustic Version)  (3:40)



12 comments:

  1. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  2. thanks for this, something I really wanted.

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  3. ranxerox, any other Swans FLACs you're looking for?

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  4. children of god would be just fine.

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  5. consider it done. I'll get it up on the blog this coming week

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  6. killingmoonmusicisthebestblogontheinternetFebruary 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    if you're taking Swans requests, Cop would be greatly appreciated if you happen to have it.

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  7. I like your name! Please submit the request on the "Moon Requests" page and I'll see what I can do :)

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  8. Nice. I have the vinyl and this saves me having to convert it to digital. Great posts.

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  9. Oh, by the way just saw SWANS again. Amazing show, didn’t think I would get the opportunity again after '97.

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  10. Jeff, how's the new stuff? I haven't gotten around to listening to it yet.

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  11. The live performance and the new studio material are drastically different. The live show is akin to the much older mid eighties stuff. They did a few songs from Cop and Holy Money, which should give you an idea of the sound that night. Crushing, unrelenting performance– evocative of Glenn Branca at times.

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