- Vinyl (15 April 2014)
- Number of Discs: 6
- Format: Import
- Label: Touch And Go Records/Ada
- ASIN: B00IKM5MO4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Spiderland [VINYL] Import
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I came to this album after listening to what I found out to be the closing track of this album 'Good Morning Captain'. Read morePublished on 2 July 2011 by Curlysaurus
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. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2010 by Robert Love
The ability to forge powerful and emotionally evocative music with as little instrumentation and texture as possible. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2009 by Tom Chase
Going after one of the holy cows of influential 'post-rock' here but just being honest, this is a good album, worthy of a place on the shelf of anyone who likes guitar music but I... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2008 by Mr. T. Lewis
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... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2007 by sean paul mccann
Only took the plunge with this album earlier on this year (2007). It immediately smashed it's way into my all time top 10. This is serious stuff. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2007 by Lombardinho
Unheard of by many, revered by almost all those that own it, Slint's second (and last) album is regarded as one of the most influential alternative records ever released. Read morePublished on 21 July 2007 by Graeme Wallis
Like everyone else I agree that Good Morning Captain is a superb piece of music-easily better than most of rubbish that gets released today, but I feel that as an album it doesn't... Read morePublished on 6 July 2007 by Chatwin's PencilCase