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Spiderland [VINYL] Import

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  • 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)
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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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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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By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Vinyl
I got hold of this in '92 after being entranced by my mate's copy in the wilds of France. There can't be many albums with a more appropriate title. The dreamscapes created are nightmarish in their intensity, compelling in their scope. I re-discovered this recently and instantly berated myself for neglecting a work of genius. One of the few albums where you can really loose yourself in a web (forgive the pun) of pinwheeling guitars. And i'm sure there's a snare-drum nod to Steve Albini in there somewhere. Shame it's not longer.
Arachnophobes avoid.
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Format: Audio CD
Slint follow up the rather noisy debut 'Tweez' with this dark set of recordings. 'Spiderland' showcases a quieter more thoughtful band, moving away from their metal roots. Shouting has been replaced by soft-spoken word and whispers, angry guitars replaced with tape hiss, and ideas have been replaced with masterpieces! Bands like Mogwai and Godspeed have clearly tried to recreate 'Spiderland' in their own recordings, but you can't beat the original!
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