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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but very Sweet
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Noisy
Legendary American new wave LP leaves me utterly cold. It sure ain't no Marquee Moon. Frankly, a bit of a din but interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but very Sweet, 7 April 2008
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight-legged gloom machine, 10 Jan. 2004
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars An expressive, intense masterpiece., 28 Oct. 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones, 23 Mar. 2009
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Tom Chase (London) - See all my reviews
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The ability to forge powerful and emotionally evocative music with as little instrumentation and texture as possible. To create something starkly minimal and elegant that is also overwhelming and encapsulating. This is what Slint managed so well with "Spiderland". They stripped traditional rock formats to extreme basics, creating one of the most important contemporary albums.

"Spiderland" is often labelled as one of the very first post-rock albums. There is certainly the stark dynamic shifts akin to the genre, with songs often starting out as single guitar motifs and ending as full-on assaults. The vocals drift between soft whispers, spoken word and frustrated croons. However, "Spiderland" is much more than today's often generic post-rock sound. The guitars are gritty and far more visceral than anything Mogwai or GY!BE would ever belt out, and often progress into full-on riffs. It's atmospheric, but in an intensely sombre way that goes beyond much of the disposable noodling found in modern post-rock. Perhaps then it is just what post-rock should be. It should be beautiful music that can be at once fragile and on the brink of falling apart, and switch to absolute bombastic power.

There really isn't a weak track, and the songs tend to follow similar patterns and structuring - and so I don't feel it necessary to pick apart every song as some fans have done. To be concise, "Spiderland" is the perfect deconstruction of rock - it manages to be abrasive and confrontational, yet unadorned and delicate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still behind you after 15 years, 29 Dec. 2006
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D. Newton (Swindon, Wilts) - See all my reviews
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price for the DVD alone, 27 Jun. 2014
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The CDs a masterpiece. No denying. Even if you own it it's worth buying again to get Breadcrumb Trail. A great documentary about who the band were and what they have become.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good, 24 Feb. 2002
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these guys have created a niche all to themselves in the music food chain. Sadly many people think that talking about this album makes them that little bit cooler (some major reviewers....rolling stone...)
It IS a brilliant album which was waiting to happen. the spoken lyrics and the calmness of the singing, until after a build up he just shouts.
listening to tweez, their first album you wouldnt have thought that this was the next step. from mad noise swells and feedback and mainly shouting to slow building, long playing epics with half spoken words, you just didnt think it. Still this is a superb album and turning point at which guitars were made less important an instrument to create the overall sound. Patience is the key here.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Ever Made, 25 Mar. 2005
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The Most Breath takingly stunning album ever recorded! if you have a good taste in music this is worth buying no matter what other music you like. Spiderland isn't burdend with a degrading genre its too good for that.rising from the ashes of the young hardcore band "squirrel bait" slints first album, though impressive was released at the tail end of the 80s gaining little fanfare. its follow up "spiderland", slints second, final and massively influential concept album has been raised to near mythical status since its low key release in 91. it has never sold much just to the right people.
the most noticable thing about this album is the sheer intensity of the songs. recording was infact so intense that several of the band were later administered to a phyciatric hospital. a prime example of such intensity is found in the albums swansong "Good Morning, Captain" the albums best, most eerie song. as the song builds to its mind blowing conclusion it is clear something special is about to happen. lead singer/whisperer/shouter brian mcmahan, later of the palace brothers, goes through the most of the song creeply whispering the lyrics. then in one phenominal moment the song explodes as he lets out a mind blowing scream which he shouted so loud he was physicaly sick. it is an amazing end to an amazing album you must buy and givin time love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb: see June of 44, 26 Oct. 2003
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No need to say that this is a classic. I agree that Good Morning Captain is the best track. If you like it, than I STRONGLY recommend that you get the first album from June of 44, 'Engine takes to the water'. It's the most Spiderland-sounding album that I know of, and it's better than Rodan in my opinion (the first track is amazing, almost a reprise of Good Morning Captain). Of course you can also check out Mogwai, which also have been influenced a lot by Slint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic., 21 Jan. 2015
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Luke Rogers (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
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Hypnotic, inspiring, original, dark. The mystique surrounding the album makes it an even more captivating listen. The musicianship and the way everything just fits together is amazing, as well are the incredibly well written, narrative driven lyrics and Brian's eerie, hushed spoken word vocals. The lyrics in "Breadcrumb Trail" always fill my head will all sorts of awesome imagery and the climax of "Good Morning, Captain" is truly jaw-dropping.

The DVD is also an incredibly interesting view into their world and gave a real insight. Definitely recommended. EXCELLENT pricing, too. More than worth it.
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