'Swallowed Whole' the best of LB?

FeiracoFeiraco AmsterdamPosts: 253
edited December 2013 in The Porch
This song is just so diverse and intense that I consider it to be among the greatest of Lightning Bolt.
I love the rhythm differences and especially the slow part where Ed sings about "...Whispered songs inside the wind...Breathing in forgiveness".

The final notes are challenging as well: "...And the chapter I've not read... Turn the page..."
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  • It's a thrilling song. Huge treat live.
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  • morgie2morgie2 Posts: 1,065
    I love it, but I think we are a minority. This song doesn't get enough love. Sounds a ton like the Who to me.
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  • mcgavinjmcgavinj Idaho Falls, ID, USAPosts: 311
    I love it too!
  • Last-12-ExitLast-12-Exit Charleston, SCPosts: 8,661
    no, not even top 5
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  • TinAntTinAnt Posts: 343
    This song is going to be favored in live performances in the future! Such a good song and so good live as well.
  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 3,774
    Feiraco wrote:
    This song is just so diverse and intense that I consider it to be among the greatest of Lightning Bolt.
    I love the rhythm differences and especially the slow part where Ed sings about "...Whispered songs inside the wind...Breathing in forgiveness".

    The final notes are challenging as well: "...And the chapter I've not read... Turn the page..."

    I really like it too.

    and Ed had some truly brilliant lyrics throughout LB and doesn't get enough love.
  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 32,000
    awesome song, but it's not my favorite.
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  • My favourite. That and 'Getaway'. It's so propulsive.
  • Daron OshayDaron Oshay Middletown, NJPosts: 2,253
    I think it's incredibly underrated
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,233
    It's good but towards the bottom for me

    Sirens as my #1
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  • My top 3 for the album:

    SwallowedWhole
    Sirens
    Father's Son
  • JonnyPistachioJonnyPistachio FloridaPosts: 10,189
    I love it! Took me awhile to appreciate it fully though.
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  • It's a thrilling song. Huge treat live.


    I agree. I really fell in love with this song when I heard it live in Charlottesville.
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    I like the album a lot, but my favorite is definitely Infallible
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  • CaelumCaelum IllinoisPosts: 25
    Count me in. I'm not really sure what my favorite is, but "Swallowed Whole" would have to at least be top three. I love how it builds intensity, kind of like "Unthought Known" in that way, though not quite as good.
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  • NarcisoNarciso Posts: 192
    My favorite song off LB, hands down. I feel like it could have been on the Into The Wild album as well.
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    Infallible for me
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  • Gold 26Gold 26 Posts: 676
    While I've always liked Swallowed Whole I always thought it's the most 'Backspacer' sounding song on Lightning Bolt. Though it probably would've been the best song on that album.
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  • foodshop65foodshop65 ConnecticutPosts: 614
    i'm glad someone posted about this song
    it's huge especially when played at maximum volume!
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  • My 10c vinyl came with the Swallowed Whole post card, then I noticed the merch hoodie took the idea of the swallowed whole idea and just dropped the SW and added PJ. That being said, and I love SW but my go to on LB is actually Pendulum. SW sounds like the best of Into the Wild soundtrack meets Stone, Mike, Jeff and Matt. Pendulum to me is the Indifference 20 years later. Can't wait for for it to not be an opener and move into encore 2 placement. SW is a completely solid song though!
  • AponeApone Posts: 195
    One of the better songs on the album IMO
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  • elwayvedderelwayvedder South JerseyPosts: 8,270
    Gold 26 wrote:
    While I've always liked Swallowed Whole I always thought it's the most 'Backspacer' sounding song on Lightning Bolt. Though it probably would've been the best song on that album.

    Most definitely as it reminds me of Amongst The Waves. Very spiritual and moving. I love SW and appreciate this thread very much!!
  • RatherBeRatherBe Posts: 264
    SW is my favorite from the album (though, for some reason, I've listened to "Sirens" more often). I honestly can't fathom how any PJ fan can not like this song.
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  • RatherBeRatherBe Posts: 264
    Feiraco wrote:
    This song is just so diverse and intense that I consider it to be among the greatest of Lightning Bolt.
    I love the rhythm differences and especially the slow part where Ed sings about "...Whispered songs inside the wind...Breathing in forgiveness".

    The final notes are challenging as well: "...And the chapter I've not read... Turn the page..."
    Agreed. I also think the opening chords evoke Bruce Springsteen a bit.
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  • I agree with this notion. Definitely one of the best songs on LB
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  • PJSEMPREPJSEMPRE Posts: 687
    Pendulum is my favorite from LB, but I really like Swallowed Whole.

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    Until that day

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  • wvueers1wvueers1 Phoenix, AZPosts: 61
    It was one that immediately jumped out at me when I first listened, good tune.
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  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,567
    Swallowed Whole was one of my favourites on my first listen to Lightning Bolt and I still love it. Every time I hear it, I can't stop singing it even though it's finished!!!!
    I can't wait to see it live.
  • FeiracoFeiraco AmsterdamPosts: 253
    These have been the lucky ones so far :D

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