by Slint


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Release Date: 03/31/1994
Label: Touch & Go Records
UPC: 0036172076420
catalogNumber: 64
Rank: 32129

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Spiderland 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a small number of independently released albums that aren't merely great, but classic. Think of the original pressings of "Closer" or "Daydream Nation." "Spiderland" is one of those albums; contrary to the review posted here, I think it's immeasurably underrated. It's one of those cult records musicians worship - PJ Harvey would listen to it and nothing else for periods of time. Steve Albini, indie-noise guru, has publicly admitted that "Washer" gets him misty-eyed, which says something for the Louisville lads. After all, Albini's usual musical persona is one of a callous, cynical derd niffer. "Tweez" is underrated; it's a joke, but a pretty damned amusing and fun one. "Spiderland" on the other hand, takes itself seriously and doesn't fall flat on its face. Most of Slint's points are won by the sheer uniqueness of music; there's nothing else quite like it in rock. People can draw comparisons to math rock bands that followed, but frankly, what was Slint's reference point? However they did it, they did, offering listeners strange time signatures, spoken word vocals, and intense, emotionally charged songs that mastered tension and release. "Spiderland" is far more haunted, depressing, and foreboding that their first record, but repeated plays prove that it's a vision that pays dividends. Give it a spin if you want to hear the most underrated record of the nineties. Just don't wind up like Slint, who faced institutions and rubber rooms upon completing the recording.
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