Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

by Alice Cooper
     
 

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Throughout his long career, Alice Cooper has taken full advantage of how concept albums allow for more ambitious songwriting and memorable, layered characters who get more than one song to tell their stories. They're always tortured stories with social outcasts rebelling against turbulent childhoods or other traumatic whatnot, but this time the stakes are much higher.…  See more details below

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Throughout his long career, Alice Cooper has taken full advantage of how concept albums allow for more ambitious songwriting and memorable, layered characters who get more than one song to tell their stories. They're always tortured stories with social outcasts rebelling against turbulent childhoods or other traumatic whatnot, but this time the stakes are much higher. Along Came a Spider tells the story of an eccentric serial killer who suffers from the exact opposite of arachnophobia and lives by the spider's code of "You trap, you kill, you eat." How he got there and why he chose spiders is a story better heard from Alice -- that is, if you're an undying fan of his less accessible concept piece From the Inside or his phantasmagorical horror show Welcome to My Nightmare. Spider has as few hooks as Inside and more than twice the sinister moments found on Nightmare, all delivered with a post-Rob Zombie attitude that allows things to get a little more brutal, more alt-metal. While the casual fan will feel that some of the less gripping songs are just here to move the story along, fanatics will gush as Alice once again acts as host and narrator and revives the character Steven, the young boy who broke all his toys on Nightmare. With a serial killer as lead and titles like "(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side" and "The One That Got Away," Alice fills his lyrics with clever and gruesome wordplay, but the winner here is the only plausible single, "Wake the Dead," which shockingly and shamelessly borrows the bassline from the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be." Guitarist Slash, Kiss drummer Eric Singer, and background vocalist extraordinaire Bernard Fowler all make appearances, while Renaissance man Danny Saber handles the production with co-producer Greg Hampton, which appropriately sounds soundtrack big. An easy recommendation for fan club members and/or serial killers. Everyone else has two or three better Cooper concepts to devour first.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Steamhammer Us
UPC:
0693723906027
catalogNumber:
90602

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Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Hampton   Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steffen Presley   Hammond Organ
Danny Saber   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Synthesizer Bass
Eric Singer   Drums
Slash   Guitar
Whitey Kirst   Guitar
David Piribauer   Drums
Chuck Garric   Bass,Background Vocals
Jason Hook   Guitar
Keri Kelli   Guitar

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer,Producer
Bernard Fowler   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Greg Hampton   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Damon Johnson   Composer
Jani Lane   Composer
Danny Saber   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Jim Bacchi   Composer
Chuck Garric   Composer
Jeremy Mackenzie   Engineer
Peter Derek   Assistant Art Director
Lynda Esparza   Make-Up Assistant
Matt Montgomery   Art Direction
Sonya Rosas   Assistant Hair Stylist,Make-Up Assistant
Erik Toms   Engineer

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