Slint - Spiderland
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Based on 4 reviews
1991 Ratings: #1 / 412
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Based on 835 ratings
1991 Ratings: #2
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March 27, 1991 / Release Date
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Touch and Go / Label
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Alternately spectral and overwhelming, Spiderland is a singular achievement; plenty of bands would follow Slint's creative example in the years that followed, but few of them came close to the mysterious power and forbidding beauty of this music.


Spiderland’s greatest legacy is not that it motivated a cluster of semi-popular bands in the late-90s and early 2000s to adopt its whisper-to-scream schematic. It’s the boundless inspiration it perpetually provides for all the bands that have yet to emerge from the basement.

Under The Radar

Spiderland was merely one artifact among many, gleaned from basement after basement, from bands you may or may not have heard of, from a specific time and a place that culminated in Slint's second album. And it was an artifact swiftly left behind, with the group disbanding upon its release, unaware they'd crafted a bona fide Landmark Album.

Imagine blind-buying this in '91. Like, seriously. Record store nerd, looking for new stuff. You grab this black-and-white LP with four heads reaching above water. Remember this album had NO publicity, which is amazing. People would find the album ocasionally and just bring it home due to the curiosity caused by the album cover. If that isn't what describes a fantastic cover, I don't know what is. You (obviously) bring your new discovery home and then get to see if it was money lost. But I'll ... read more
The album cover for some reason really gives me the chills, just like this album. I'm not criticizing this album for how it makes me feel, because it's one of the most unorthodox, sombre, chillingly potent and atmospheric albums ever recorded in rock music.
Teenagehood is a challenging part of life. Hormones are some of the hardest things to deal with. You're pretty much bound to go through everything from heartbreak to questioning your own existence at this age. There are many ways people try to deal with those struggles: some take drugs. some turn to art. some focus on schoolwork or keep themselves busy. some listen to music that related to their emotions.

I'm currently in my latter teenage years. I can't say it's always easy. I go through bad ... read more
The most disturbing part about this is the cover...never listened to Slint in general and you don't mind it...

Then you play the album and it gets uncomfortable af
This album makes me feel uneasy and it makes my skin crawl so much, but it's such a good thing for some reason.

Slint left a haunting, harrowing experience for any listener wishing to brave the journey through Spiderland. The listener is instantly encapsulated in a mad and mysterious world, deprived of all positive emotions. All that is left is the distortion of reality and the madness and sorrow that accompany loss. It makes you feel so wrong and churned up inside, like something horrible is ... read more
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Added on: October 13, 2012