💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 Spiderland

8.45 for The Software Slump. Officially better than Loveless!

This week is Slint - Spiderland. Ignored on release, it’s now seen as a seminal record but how good is it really?

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Best track:

  • Breadcrumb Trail
  • Nosferatu Man
  • Don, Aman
  • Washer
  • For Dinner…
  • Good Morning, Captain

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Next week’s album:

  • Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
  • The Verve - Urban Hymns
  • Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  • Talking Heads - Remain In Light
  • Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come

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And yes, I know it’s called The Sophtware Slump but fucking autocorrect

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FFS! I’m going to have to listen to Spiderland and try to not get bored again this week.

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One of my all-time favourites. It took a while to grow on me - I first heard it as a teenager and I think, after hearing about it as the “originator of post-rock”, I didn’t really understand why cause it sounded more like normal rock. It took me a while to notice how strange and dynamic and unsettling the album is – and the fact is, my tastes have shifted and I’m not so big a fan of a lost of the post-rock stuff (i.e. the more shimmery anthemic stuff) that led me to Spiderland and much more into the low-key atmospherics and structural experimentationnnn

Incidentally I’m really glad that there’s a new wave of post-rocky bands pulling on those threads a bit - Black Country New Road, Deathcrash, and (to some extent) Black Midi

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also, this album pick was well-timed to fit with this genuinely bizarre bit of news

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One of the few uncontestable 10s

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Never listened to this album and am unlikely to do so. Abstain.

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I’m sorry Ant. Maybe next week, eh?

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Doesn’t seem likely based on the poll!

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also another opportunity to plug

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Oh, that’s a shame

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voted 9.5 because the screeching guitar in Breadcrumb Trail always makes me reach for the volume control
otherwise perfect

When this came up last week I voted for it straight away thinking “oh yeah, I always wondered what this album was like as read about it so much but not really thought about it since streaming came along”.

Listening to it now I realise this might be the fifth time I’ve had that thought, as I’ve definitely heard this before. Hopefully it makes a more lasting impression this time.

An all time Top 10 album for me, probably crack the top 5. Was a real slow burner though, a lot of my favourites are. Perfect album.

The full Lance Bangs Breadcrumb Trail documentary is on YouTube if anyone hasn’t seen it by the way.

(Trailer)

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Better than loveless and not as good as the sophtware slump imo

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Never heard of it but I might like it

The album cover’s great, the music’s never really grabbed me.

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One of the very very best. 10