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Released in 1998 after Mark Linkous' accidental, near-fatal drug reaction and subsequent 12-week stay in a London hospital, Good Morning Spider lingers on the gray area between dreaming and waking, and life and death. Good Morning Spider, surely heavily influenced by Americana, blends darkness and childlike innocence, classic song writing and sonic experimentation. This second album is a result of Linkous' free-flowing, uncompromising honesty. Includes download card of the entire album.
Sparklehorse's second album might be more lucidly named than its predecessor, Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, but that's about the only moment in which the (mostly) one-man band veers toward anything resembling greater accessibility. Otherworldly mastermind Mark Linkous has once again crafted a supersonic collage of pop, punk, and folk so weird and wobbly it'll probably make most conventionally minded listeners hightail from the room. But adventurous types who wade through the clamor and quirks that envelope the collection's 17 tracks will recognize Linkous as a master of hook and emotion--the latter, in this case, possibly inspired by a recent freak episode that left him briefly near death and paralyzed for months after. It's just this combination of noise, craft, and feeling that makes Good Morning Spider a dense and scintillating experience like no other. --Neal Weiss
Top Customer Reviews
So what's the big deal? Is it the mornful lyrics, the songs that almost sound like they're dead on arrival (hushed barely audible vocals, weak strumming of acoustic guitar)? The balls-out rockers that are there not being fully realized ("Happy Man" comes to mind immediately)? The thirty-second short ambient pieces between the real songs?
Mark Linkous is an incredible songwriter, I definitely give him credit for that. He knows how to put together some wonderful pop music, and when he rocks out, he really knows his stuff ("Hammering the Cramps" and aforementioned "Someday I'll Treat You Good"). I know circumstances involving addiction and depression surronded this (I'm not too clear on the details, but I believe he did try committing suicide), which might have lent to the unfinished feel and mornful tone, but I think the real problem is his self-confidence. He doesn't seem to go with his gut; rather than do the great rock music which he should definitely do more of, or build more sad but poppy classics like "Painbirds" or "Hundreds of Sparrows," he instead feels like he has something to prove to all of us. I think that's the main reason why he buried the TERRIFIC melody of "Happy Man" underneath tons of static for the first 2 minutes or so, which is absolutely infuriating.Read more ›
Don't judge this album by the first or second listen, you have to let this album do it's work with you and you'll never forget the adventure!
'Good Morning Spider' is like this, but in this case, you KNOW when you put it on that you're listening to something that is amazing and will never hear anything like it again. This was one of THE integral albums for my last year of high school. The romantic notion of having a soundtrack to parts of your life is appealing to me, and it is SO true for the stuff Linkous commited to tape here. I hate to refer this to a girl, but all I can think of when I put this album on is of sitting on the train to school every morning, madly in love with the girl who would sit opposite me, who I would smile at every day as I got off the train, who would smile back at me BUT who I would never talk to because her loveliness existed purely in my head - I knew nothing about her. My walkman would play this album as we just sat and smiled at each other and we both tried to look like we didn't notice, or didn't need, each other.
For some reason, these thoughts of things made sense while listening to 'Good Morning Spider' - the album was written for stuff like that.
While Sparklehorse's newest album 'It's a Wonderful Life' may be stronger, 'Good Morning Spider' is the album on which Linkous found his sound and a sound for which we can all thank him for uncovering.
Most recent customer reviews
I know even Mark Linkous himself believes that "It's a Wonderful Life" is a more refined, cohesive effort than "Good Morning Spider. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by MRT
This is very atmospheric music, still rock-based but encompassing pop, ambience and folk. The overall mood is melancholic. Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by Peter Uys
This music is ok. It's not startling, or highly textured, or even all that interesting. It's just there. Yes, I've listened to it a number of times. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2002 by Jon
Many albums have 5-star ratings... too many, since excellence is rare by definition. Therefore, the only fair rating is six stars.< ... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2001
I was trying to describe Sparklehorse to a friend the other day and the most appropriate description I could come up with was that they sound like "PJ Harvey meets Pink... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2001 by R. Armstrong
Truly strange album but there's hooks left and right. Takes a little getting used to, but, once you do, it becomes quite addictive. I currently listen to it just about every day. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000
"Good Morning Spider" is not for your average rock fan. To say it is an acquired taste is an understatement. Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
I have over a thousand CD's. I listen to a wide variety of music. Over the years, there have been many albums I've liked, and quite a few I've loved. Read morePublished on March 27 2000