Record Review: Swans — To Be Kind 

Two-disc record from revived project is more subtle, but still terrifying.

click to enlarge 1693389.jpg

To Be Kind
Young God 

The third studio album from Michael Gira’s Swans since he reanimated the project in 2012 after a 14-year hiatus, To Be Kind is a two-hour double CD that simply never lets up. Perhaps this iteration of Swans isn’t the grinding, super-dark noise band that emerged from New York’s not-inconsiderable underbelly 30 years ago — subtlety certainly plays its part nowadays. But that doesn’t make this record any less terrifying. Chanting vocals and overpowering drum, guitar, and electronic noises envelop the listener in a wave of tribal-industrial art rock and, by the time you start disc two, you’ll feel emotionally drained. You’ve been warned. 


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation