Review Summary: Tweez is being cancelled!
Spiderland fans across the internet are waging a cancel culture campaign against Tweez. They deny its obvious merits or, even worse, proudly admit to never having heard it.
I encourage these hardline Spiderland stans to forget everything they've read about Tweez and listen to it with open ears. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the musical and emotional variety contained in these short tracks. The odd-numbered songs are louder, more distorted, and more exciting, while the even-numbered songs are gentler, softer, and played with clean guitars. Even songs within the same category have different moods. The spiky minor-key riffs on opener "Ron" sound intense and almost evil, while "Charlotte," another odd-numbered song, is the album's most dramatic due to its extreme tempo changes. The driving tempo and expansive riffs of "Rhoda," the ninth and final number, give it a sense of determination and triumph. On the even side, "Nan Ding" sounds particularly content â€” thanks in part to the friendly studio banter heard in the background. The interlocking guitar and bass riffs on "Darlene" are hypnotic and totally relaxing.Â*
Most of the odd-numbered songs feature Slint's signature technique, which is further explored on Spiderland's "BreadcrumbÂ*Trail." By using harmonics, the guitarists play high-register, wide-interval riffs that would be very unidiomatic if played with "normal" notes.Â*
Tweez has emotional breadth, and Spiderland has emotional depth. Both are excellent.