2014 remaster of Slint's beautiful second and final album. It comes with various outtakes and demos, as well as Breadcrumb Trail, the documentary about the album’s creation directed by Lance Bangs. The band's use of dynamics gave them an uncanny ability to bottle emotions; the words "he decided to piss", have never sounded so tragic.
LP £29.99 TG364LP
Remastered 180g vinyl gatefold LP + DVD on Touch and Go inc. 12 Page photo book + download coupon for full album and 14 bonus tracks of outtakes and demos..
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CD £15.99 TG364CD
Remastered CD + DVD inc. 20 Page photo booklet + download coupon for 14 bonus tracks of outtakes and demos..
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10/10 Basket Press Customer review, 23rd June 2014
Imagine for a moment that you have a favourite chair. You are very familiar with it, the shape of the back and legs, the contours of the cushions, the little creak as you sit. Then one day you wash the cushion covers and you polish the wooden frame...
The patterns in the grain of the wood spring to life, the colours of the covers are that bit brighter, why, you even feel a bit more comfortable sitting in it...
And that gives you an idea of what the new re-master of Spiderland is like.
From the opening chiming guitar figures of Breadcrumb Trail to the closing, apocalyptic shriek of Good Morning, Captain it has all been gently buffed and polished, as if years of accumulated gunk has been subtly removed to reveal more of an old familiar favourite.
You can hear more of just what Pajo and McMahon are doing to their guitars; McMahon's muttered, incantatory vocals are that bit clearer, while still requiring you to listen attentively to be drawn fully into the eerie world of the stories; the shifting, crepuscular atmosphere of the album is intensified.
The perennial question of “Is it worth re-doing an album?” is, in this case, most definitely “YES!”
I am tempted to dock a point for the outtakes only being available as MP3 download (not everyone's interweb connections are good enough for one thing – mine isn't – and MP3 just sucks), but that might be churlish.
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