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Spiderland
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2010
I stumbled acrioss Spiderland in early 2010 lurking in the bargain bin of an music shop in a small Irish town. Its not where you expect to uncover lost genre-busting classics. The band's name sounded vaguely familiar and the label - Touch And Go - was known to me from my interest in Slint label mates back in my youth when I was keen on bands that included Girls Against Boys, Killdozer, The Jesus Lizard and Mule to name but four. Yet, somehow, this release had never really showed up on the radar. So, almost two decades later, I slipped it into my CD player and pressed play, not really expecting much. What followed left my mouth hanging open. The mood immediately set by this album and maintained with disturbing intensity across six tracks is disconcerting, creepy and almost counterintuitively addictive. Sure, there's imaginative song structures, hypnotic vocal delivery, a complex yet engaging amalgam of chords and intruiging lyrical content. But I still felt confused that this cocktail managed to deliver such a big impact. When I Googled 'Slint and Spiderland' I realised that many regard this release to be a bonafide classic. Now, after listening to it many, many times, I am inclined to agree. Perhaps you've been lucky enough to see the original vampire movie, Nosferatu. If you are a fan of cinema, its worth checking out. The sense of foreboding and dread that this 1921 silent release conveys is astonishing. Spiderland's second track Nosferatu Man is a paen to this very release, a movie that as recently as 2010 was voted the 21st best movie of all time by Empire magazine. And Slint's song actually evokes the movie perfectly. I guess that says it all.
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on 18 January 2015
Slint are awesome. Brett Walford is incredible. Dave Pajo is incredible. The documentary is absolutely amazing and inspiring.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
slint,were,are,well i believe that they reformed for a few shows this year,but may not reform full time,are a band that the critics say invented the genre of post rock,this indeed could be true,for this was released in 1991 and as i think back,nothing really sounded like this prior to that so kudos to the band for that then.
The sound of this album however isnt all post rock,there are certainly grungey moments as well but the albums feet step aside from the usuallight,heavy,light heavy plunge of grunge to be fair to them,but an element exists nonetheless.
Brian mcmahan has a strange haunting vocal style,whispers his way through parts of this album and tells a story,a bleak,dark,tortured story as well,this is a journey of an album,sidestepping normal ideas,this isnt for all for sure.
Six tracks in total,5 of which feature lyrics,this is deep stuff,tracks like washer and good morning,captain are hard to ignore and indeed mcmahon lets out tortured howl at end of the final track that made himself sick,in fact as many testify some members of the band had to seek refuge in mental asylums after this release,startling fact that readers,this isnt the worlds finest album but hard to ignore all the same,essential?,maybe not but deserving of more credit perhaps.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2003
This is simply a classic album, i bought it on an impulse after hearing it highly complimented by bands i listened to, it really doesnt disapoint. Fans of mogwai, sigur ros, god speed you... etc through to lou barlow and smog will find something for them here. Spiderland is a moving original and hauting lp which really does take your breath away and doesnt give it back to you for several weeks to come. This is a must buy for music lovers
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on 23 August 2014
Awesome cult album. Had to have this special edition.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2011
I came to this album after listening to what I found out to be the closing track of this album 'Good Morning Captain'. The track instantly clicked with me as it sounds quite unlike anything I've heard before or since. Being a musician I can hear the individual instruments which are being played on the track and in which time signatures but when all the dynamic shifts and instrumentation entwines there really is no way you can listen from such a clinical viewpoint. The song along with the rest of the album has a fiercely individual style low on riffs and catchy melodies but huge on atmosphere and emotion, shifting from vocals whispered so low as to be inaudible to guttural howls best evidenced in the poignant refrain of 'I miss you' from the aforementioned track. The accompanying instruments follow suit building from delicate strums to huge swathes of distortion which hit harder than a slug to the gut and tribal drums which roll in hypnotic tribal fashion before exploding into momentous thuds punishing the ear drums with their velocity.
I've never come across such a complete album in my life in so much as you don't listen but experience. The name for one perfectly encompasses the ingredients within as the syncopated rhythms and sinister atmosphere permanently evoke the movements and unsettling connotations of a spider. Coupled with the album artwork which is my favorite of all time and subsequently inspired me to design my own t shirt featuring the image when I couldn't find one bearing the picture anywhere else. ( I work part time got time on my hands)
I can't really fault the album on any points as it does what it does so perfectly. I'd class it more as art rather than music as the visual and aural elements presented and evoked transcend the vast majority of music in the popular lexicon.
To close I recommend this album to anybody who loves 90s alternative music.This band truly unearthed something magical from their musical abilities and from what I've read pretty much invented the post rock genre along the way. Its sad its so hard to find any info on this band other than the odd casual reference from artist listing their inspirations but therein lies the mystique of the album which I hope will forever remain.
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on 24 February 2015
Excellent album
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on 11 June 2015
Brilliant.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2015
First time I played this album I was reading Aliester Crowley and the Hidden God, there was also a massive thunder storm ripping up the skythe combination of the three made for a very moving evening. An album that is subtle and massively powerful
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on 19 August 2014
excellent
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