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Dark Side of the Spoon Import
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Out-of-print in the US! DARK SIDE OF THE SPOON opens with Al Jourgensen screaming "I just shot a man to death" over grinding guitar riffs and an unrelenting, martial beat. Clearly, these godfathers of industrial rock show no signs of mellowing as they near their third decade of sonic terrorism. Longtime fans can rest easy, there are no attempts at mainstream crossover here--no string sections or sentimental ballads. True to form, Ministry delivers cut after cut of manic alienation. The savage, repetitive guitar patterns consolidate hard rock, punk and heavy metal into a new, uncompromising paradigm. Jourgensen revels in his angst, using it as a cathartic tool of expression. His tortured, filtered vocals bespeak a lifetime spent observing mankind's most heinous atrocities, but his knack for studio manipulation and sonic architecture makes the whole thing quite palatable, if not accessible.
To hear longtime Ministry mainstays Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker tell it, Dark Side of the Spoon is some sort of lighthearted comic romp. Getting there was anything but; virtually completed in 1997, most of the original Spoon was scrapped and rerecorded the following year for an eventual 1999 release. But longtime Ministry devotees needn't worry that Jourgensen and Barker have traded in the band's formulaic hard-edged mix of heavy-riffing guitars, percussion loops, and techno-industrial flourishes for a dash of Noël Coward. In fact, aside from the song titles--"Nursing Home," "Eureka Pile," "Vex and Siolence"--listeners without a lyric sheet handy are going to be hard-pressed to enjoy the witticisms present in the album's typically overwrought, electronically subverted vocals. And who knows? Maybe if one sang Gilbert and Sullivan through a distorted megaphone in an echo-prone parking structure, it would sound just like this. Allow us the liberty of mixing our equestrian metaphors: Spoon only proves how tough it is to paint a horse of a different color when you're a one-trick pony. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
This effort is hugely satirical and darkly funny. I think maybe it is why so much initial negative feedback came from "fans" who were looking for another "NWO".I respect the wit and versatility of MR.J and Mr.B by throwing us a curve and cracking a joke....then again i imagine being declared clinically dead 3 times might do that to you - develope a lighter side and let you see that it ain't all bad, but then again i'm just guessing. So relax people, their is a lighter side of the spoon......may the light pour over us.
This album just BLEEDS enmity. But it's executed in a suttle, and sometimes funny way. I love the melancholy that spews out of songs like Nursing Home (a trippy and tweaky track) and Eureka Pile. The acrid sound of Kaif... and of course, the disarraying backdrop of 10/10, Whip & Chain and Bad Blood... and the jazzy exterior of Step (which samples one of my favorite movies).
Most people rejected Spoon's unique and seething style. I guess it's an acquired taste... I'm just one of the few that happened to acquire that taste. This album is darkly funny, subtle, grey and just perfect. I'm not gonna say you're not a true Ministry fan if you detest this masterwork... but I WILL say all you Psalm 69-heads need to learn how to appreciate diverse music.
Spoon is dingy... it's muddy... it's coagulated... it's weird... and it's an absolute masterpiece.
Most recent customer reviews
Almost similar in titles to Pink Floyd's overrated album, but this one surpasses it by a long shot. I bet Floyd's wishing they recorded this one instead.Published on May 21 2004 by pogo
This is a very underrated ministry disc. I don't understand the subpar reviews for a c.d. with Supermanic soul, Bad Blood, and Step. Read morePublished on April 5 2004
This is one of the albums that seems to be unappreciated by the majority of Ministry fans although I have to admit I am one of those who thinks this album could have been better. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by filterite
If you hate Tool, A Perfect Circle, Cradle of Filth or any other band that hides their lack of badassness behind a thin veil of pseudo-artistry, buy "Dark Side of the... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by stakker_humanoid
After the rambling and inconsistent "Filth Pig", I expected Ministry to rebound with a great album. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by N. Durham
I was hoping Ministry would bounce back after thier poor attempt of an album named 'Filth Pig'. Unfortunately, 'The Dark Side of the Spoon' is an even more boring and irrelevant... Read morePublished on May 23 2003
I first discovered Ministry through a co-worker who was devoted to them, and I have to say that I haven't heard anything by them that I don't like yet. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003
People always give industrial bands less credit then they deserve. You hear the naysayers say "well, they all use machines. So it is not like it is real music anyways". Read morePublished on July 31 2002