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Slint established its earliest roots when, in 1981, at the ages of eleven and twelve, guitarist Brian McMahan and drummer Britt Walford began playing together in Louisville, KY. In 1984, Britt Walford and guitarist David Pajo started collaborating musically at the ages of fourteen and sixteen. 1985 saw the origination of Slint itself, the band then comprising Britt Walford, David Pajo, and ... Read more in Amazon's Slint Store

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (31 Mar. 1994)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B0000019HV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

1. Breadcrumb Trail
2. Nosferatu Man
3. Don, Aman
4. Washer
5. For Dinner...
6. Good Morning Captain

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mollynew442 on 7 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Slint are an alternative rock band from Kentucky, USA. They formed in 1986 and released their first album "Tweez" in 1987. Their second and most acclaimed album "Spiderland" (1991) is a dark and brooding affair. Vocals vary from spoken word to full on shouting and the music is characterised by haphazard time signatures and unusual chord changes. The overall sound is similar to Sonic Youth and Black Flag and is dominated by a pounding bass line underpinning screeching guitars. The lyrics are then often spoken and whispered over the top creating an eerie atmosphere although track 5 "For Dinner.." is an instrumental. The highlight is the final track "Good Morning Captain" and it is alleged that vocalist McMahan made himself throw up during the recording such was the intensity of his screaming in the final chorus. With only 6 tracks "Spiderland" is a real grower. It will appeal to fans of Pavement, Mogwai and even Nirvana. If you want something different and are not afraid to take a chance then give Spiderland a listen.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought "Spiderland" on the same day as Codeine,s "Frigid Stars". If you are one of those less enlightened people who equate "depressing music" with being depressed that you,d have thought that was a real bummer of a day. On the contrary i was as happy as Robbie Williams in front of a full length mirror. Two stone cold classics in one day. Memories are made of this.
"Spiderland" shares "Frigid Stars" same wracked emotional landscape but is if anything even more bereft of hope.Skeletal guitars which are fleshed out by sudden squalls of caustic noise adorn this album. The sound is stark and unembellished. The vocals are mostly spoken in a tired resigned voice,dry as autumn leaves after an Indian summer.When the torpor is lifted by guitars that squeal like a stuck pig or the vocals rise to a pitiful howl its startling.
Never is this more superbly illusrated than on the albums undoubted highlight "Good Morning Captain" A plangent guitar motif gives way to a precise rolling drunbeat.The voice is innervated,bled of all emotion. The guitars occasionally morph into discordant streams of uncluttered noise. Then at the songs epoch they surge and seethe and the vocallist screams, and i mean really screams....a howl of such pain and anguish it travels up your spine like a bullet.I kid you not, it,s one of the greatest moments in the history of recorded music.
Needless to say it,s worth owning this album for that track alone and it,s one tiny problem is that nothing else comes near to matching it. In terms of consistency "Frigid Stars" is actually the superior work but at these elevated levels of artistry it,s fairly irrelevant."Spiderland"is a landmark release and listening to it again for the first time in a long time for the purposes of this review has been a draining experience.It remains with you long after the last note has faded and that is the mark of all truly great music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jonnyweeks@aol.com on 28 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this classic album back in 1991 and am always moved by the depth, subtlety and power of the music. Dynamics are strong throughout, with beautifully constructed, sublime guitar riffs and chords, and expressive, sometimes delicate rhythms. Vocals range from softly spoken renditions of personal experiences to intense, powerful expressions of angst. Understated and played with genuine intent and purpose, a range of emotions are expressed and felt by the listener.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 29 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yes, everything you have heard about this near-legendary album is true. Fifteen years have passed since "Spiderland' was recorded but the passage of time has not diminished its brilliance.

Completely eschewing the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure, the band create multi-layered compositions of dense, atmospheric music, but also manage to be accessible at the same time. Guitars are the foremost instrument but they are teased, coaxed and, when occasionally let loose, carry power around the hushed, almost spoken vocals. The highlight of the album is `Good Morning Captain' and yes, the famous scream is that chilling.

The influence on the `post-rock' generation is obvious; it is particularly hard to imagine Mogwai's `Come on Die Young' without this record.

The back of the album advises us `This recording is meant to be listened to on vinyl'. I am not about to enter into the vinyl versus CD debate here, but one clear advantage of this album being recorded in the vinyl era is its brevity. Too many post-rock CDs outstay their welcome but Spiderland clocks in at 40 minutes and will leave you gasping for more.

I have heard Slint described as being `so far ahead of their time that they are standing behind you'. This album lives up to the hype and is a genuine five-star must-own disc for any serious rock fan.
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Format: Audio CD
Imagine for a moment that you have a favourite chair. You are very familiar with it, the shape of the back and legs, the contours of the cushions, the little creak as you sit. Then one day you wash the cushion covers and you polish the wooden frame...

The patterns in the grain of the wood spring to life, the colours of the covers are that bit brighter, why, you even feel a bit more comfortable sitting in it...

And that gives you an idea of what the new re-master of Spiderland is like.

From the opening chiming guitar figures of Breadcrumb Trail to the closing, apocalyptic shriek of Good Morning, Captain it has all been gently buffed and polished, as if years of accumulated gunk have been subtly removed to reveal more of an old familiar favourite.

You can hear more of just what Pajo and McMahon are doing to their guitars; McMahon's muttered, incantatory vocals are that bit clearer, while still requiring you to listen attentively to be drawn fully into the eerie world of the stories; the shifting, crepuscular atmosphere of the album is intensified.

The answer to the perennial question of "Is it worth re-doing an album?" is, in this case, most definitely "YES!"

I am tempted to dock a point for the outtakes only being available as MP3 download (not everyone's interweb connections are good enough for one thing - mine isn't - and MP3 just sucks), but that might be churlish.
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