Slint
Spiderland


5.0
classic

Review

by bkahn USER (1 Reviews)
June 9th, 2010 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Spiderland is the Velvet Underground & Nico of the 1990's--it's influence on experimental rock rings true all the way into today's post-rock/math rock scene.

Slint is one of the few bands that is depressingly obscure. Spiderland is The Velvet Underground & Nico of the 1990's: few people bought it, but it still had a wide ranging influence on experimental rock throughout the '90s and into this century. Slint sound like absolutely nobody else in music, then or now. Their combination of spoken/whispered/screamed vocals, dissonant guitar melodies, and off-kilter rhythmic changes is something so unique it can't, and shouldn't, be mimicked. The atmosphere of this album is dark and extremely unsettling; Brian McMahan's vocal delivery contributes to this doom-laden mood. Just listen to the songs "Don, Aman" and "Good Morning, Capitain" and, for a lack of a better phrase, you'll be scared s**tless! David Pajo's guitar genius cannot be overstated, as he has a unique style that permeates this album (those high notes on "Breadcrumb Trail" and "Nosferatu Man" are just something else). Perhaps the most underrated of all the musicians on this album is drummer Britt Walford. His drumming style that combines the technicality and looseness of jazz drummers such as Elvin Jones with the sheer muscular force of hard rock, paving the way for drummers like Damon Che. Spiderland is a strange and creepy album full of musical surprises that jump out from the eerie silence--much like a musical haunted house. Highlights include: "Breadcrumb Trail," "Washer" (which sounds like a cross between Built To Spill and Pink Floyd) and "Good Morning, Captain."


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Enotron
June 9th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Really great content, but you should've elaborated a little more.

SeaAnemone
June 9th 2010


20304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was gonna 5 review this for my 100th

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Enotron
June 9th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

go for it eric. Spiderland is really perfect, not because of it's influence or even innovation, but just how fucking dark and atmospheric it is.

eternium
June 9th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Short review that could have been more informative, but still great despite the length.

Pos'd.

iBosley
June 9th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rules so hard

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 9th 2010


3742 Comments


it's been way too long since i last listened to this

Asiatic667
June 10th 2010


4648 Comments


Dammit, I want this so much

Titan50
June 10th 2010


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice soundoff bro

TRMshadow
June 10th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AMAZING album. Definitely understand what you're saying with it being underrated.

Good review, but I have to agree with enotron; you hit all the bases but you didn't spend much time at them and the whole review felt a bit rushed.

oltnabrick
December 6th 2013


30797 Comments


Don't think I have the time to read this whole review.

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