Sparklehorse
Good Morning Spider


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
November 12th, 2005 | 26 replies | 10,762 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Sparklehorse were one of the most underated bands of the 90's. There excellence was overshadowed by bands such as Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, and Radiohead. I have always liked Sparklehorse,ever since I heard "Homecoming Queen" from there debut album. Although I site Sparklehorse as one of my favorite bands I own onlytwo Sparklehorse albums, their debut and "Good Morning Spider." Even though I purchased this album before their debut I still prefer their debut album due to nostalgic values. Saying this I still beleive that this album is nothing less of excellent. Sparklehorse never got as much credit as they deserved and if you're a fan of the bands I mentioned above please check this album out. "

Good Morning Spider" is an eerie, depressing, and dreary album. Unlike the bands debut you won't find many upbeat noise-pop tunes. The lead songwriter and guitarists Mark Linkous had a near death experience between the bands debut and there sophomore album. Linkous was paralyzed for quite some time and you can really see a change in the music. The way I see it  "Good Morning Spider" has two different sides. For the most part these songs are haunting, gloomy, and creepy. They are soft, dreary, and atmospheric. Most of these songs have a ballad type feel, they usually run from three to five minutes long. However Sparklehorse do not stop here. The other side of "Good Morning Spider" is the noise-rock, and lo-fi sound. The opener "Pig" is a perfect example of this. Fuzzy vocals, catchy guitar riffs and the chorus explodes to create a loud distorted feel. These songs are hard to digest at first, but after a few listens you can't stop listening to them. Generally this album is dreary and depressing, soft lo-fi guitar strums, high pitched vocals and a few rockers are thrown in the mix, that is basically what "Good Morning Spider" is. These dreary strums and the atmospheric sound of the album combine to make incredible, beautiful songs. "Good Morning Spider" is a dark album, but some of the noise rockers thrown in make this album interesting and exciting. When I first purchased this album I was very surprised by how much this band has changed. "Good Morning Spider" isn't an exciting load of fun, but it certaintly isn't a bore either.

Musically "Good Morning Spider" is excellent. You will discover something new everytime you listen to this. Guitar riffs, and dreary vocals control most of the drearier and gloomy tunes. Musically the dreary songs are really well done, there isn't a lot going on but the music speaks for itself. On the more rock influenced tunes the guitar riffs are fuzzy and distorted while the rythm section is blazing and catchy. Some electronics and even horns are used in some of these tracks but for the most part a guitar, a bass, and drums control the music.  The vocals are another high point for this album. They can be high-pitched and out of control, or on the more melancholy songs they sound more soft and gentle. The vocals mix very well with the songs, Mark has a great amount of range and hardly ever makes a mistake. You can really get into Mark's vocals, it seems like he is sitting right next to you and he's singing to you. The only downside about the vocals is that Mark really needs to speak up. In some of the ballad-esque, dreary songs he whisperes into the microphone and this becomes tedious. Other than that this album succeeds musically and vocally.

Overall I think this is a fantastic album. Through the depressing moments and the rock moments Sparklehorse always seem to make things work. "Good Morning Spider" isn't a very experimental album, even though there are some obvious electronic effects and brief trumpet appearences this album can be a bore at times. Even though there are some hard noise-rocking songs on this album there isn't enough subastance to make this a five star album. Don't get me wrong, this album has depth but not as much as the bands debut album "Vivadixies..." If you are just getting into Sparklehorse I would start with there debut album, it has more range and it is a lot easier to get into. "Good Morning Spider" is a dreary, and gloomy album so if you want more upbeat songs than don't look here. In general I don't usually find depressing music enjoyable, but this album is an acception because I can really get into it. Sparklehorse is an extremely underated band, and you should really check them out if you like bands like Mercury Rev, and the Flaming Lips. Throughout all of the rocking songs and the soft, gentle depressing songs this album is one hell of a ride.



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DesolationRow
November 12th 2005



833 Comments


Fantastic review, man. I have no knowledge of this band, but you make 'em sound good. :thumb: good job!

The Jungler
October 25th 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, this CD is good, not a bad song on it. I may change my rating in the future, but for now a 4.5 is fine. Is this the best Sparklehorse?

This review is very hard to read, but I'm sure its good as well.

plushmushroom
July 31st 2008



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have this album and its a wonderful life, and i love them
the 2 bands you mentioned are some of my favorites, but i think sparklehorse is a lot more like grandaddy

gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


should probably reiterate there is not one bad song on this

Asiatic667
June 3rd 2009



4647 Comments


I remember trying a few tracks off of vivadixiessubmarinetransm a while ago.

Too dull for me

gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


luckily this is not too dull for anyone apart from homo faggot nigs

Asiatic667
June 3rd 2009



4647 Comments


Your insult falls flat, because I've never heard this album.

gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009



5209 Comments


i'm aware you haven't heard this album i was just reiterating how much better this obviously is and unless you are the above you should enjoy it

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 16th 2009



2613 Comments


You will and should enjoy this album.

porch
March 7th 2010



8448 Comments


this is a cool album, Paintbirds being my favorite song. RIP mark linkous



Donkey
March 8th 2010



152 Comments


Mark will be missed...

mmfarva
August 10th 2010



1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumping it. Everybody should get this off of Amazon, only $5. Love you Mark.

Jarvig
November 16th 2010



168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had hoped for more. Like it. But I've thought it would be even better.

Still a good album.

chtrenne
August 18th 2012



75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Definitely something special... Enjoyed it from start to finish. Maybe could of had some more standout songs, but I guess consistency is great, too.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sparklehorse deserve so much more attention here.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
August 18th 2012



15785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.


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ABjordanMM
May 1st 2013



1359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so sick of goodbyes, goodbyes.

ABjordanMM
May 1st 2013



1359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All i want is to beeee a happy man.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2013



15785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pig rocks

Egarran
January 9th 2014



252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is basically a genius album. Figures its creator tried drugs, MC driving and dying, before killing himself with a shot through the heart.



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