It all began with Queen for me, this search for high-quality artists who were doing something different. I've been through many different listening phases. I used to wonder, with angst, why my favorite artist wasn't popular, then some of them became popular. I decided I didn't like that very much at all. I didn't like my favorite artist to be same as the teeny bopper's who wore their T-shirt. I've since become more of a fan of the artist, as opposed to being a fan of the song. I still get burned every once in awhile, but for the most part if you're lucky enough to find the artist you'll rarely be disappointed by the song. Within the past ten years I've landed on a few artists who could sing the phone book and have me enthralled. They are Mike Patton and everything he's connected with (see Mr. Bungle, FNM, Fantomas and Tomahawk), Richard Ashcroft and everything he's connected with (see The Verve), and Steve Malkmus (see Pavement). Linous is a part of that upper echelon for me. He's a little more unusual than those mentioned above, save for Patton, but he has an integrity to his work that is so compelling that it enhances what could otherwise be considered offbeat. In other words, Linous is not unusual for the sake of being unusual. He can be unsettling (Pig). He can be sensual (Paintbirds). He can be contemplative (Saint Mary). He can rock (Sick of Goodbyes). You get the idea. He's the kind of artist who presents you with a different color, and a different paint stroke, with each song. Good Morning Spider is one of those few albums I've found that I can sleep to, exercise with, and write during. Vivadixie may be a better starting point, but this album will be the one you stick with, and the one to which you finish your Linous phase. If you are like me and search out incredible artists who speak to you in a different manner, and don't insult you with their sentence, I think you'll find Sparklehorse as compelling as I have.