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Dark Side of the Spoon Import

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  • Audio CD (June 8 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00000J7J9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
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1. Supermanic Soul
2. Whip And Chain
3. Bad Blood
4. Eureka Pile
5. Step
6. Nursing Home
7. Kaif
8. Vex & Siolence
9. 10/10
10. Silent
11. Silent
12. Silent
13. Silent
14. Silent
15. Silent
16. Silent
17. Silent
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20. Silent
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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

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By J on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is cool. Like the previous album it is slower and more groovey, strengthening songs like "Scarecrow" on Psalm 69 (which is a genius and hypnotic track) and like the previous album, it has amazing placements and uses of insruments otherwise alien to a Ministry album - Filth Pig hosted the heaviest, grooviest harmonica solo i have ever heard (Filth Pig), as well as some very sweet trickles of piano (The Fall). and now on DSOTS, I'm hearing some of the coolest mandolin and saxaphone smatterings I've heard in a long long while.
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.
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So many Ministry fans decided to stop listening to them when they heard this CD...including all of my friends. One buddy of mine was so disgusted with their lack of enthusiasm on stage (Filth Pig tour), that he refuses to buy any of their products. Well guess what? "Rape & Honey," "The Mind" and "Psalm 69" came out over 10 years ago--that sound is dead, and modern-day groups who mimic that sound are, as Buck Satan himself would put it, "just crumbs." I'd put bands who try to sound like old Ministry in the same category as Lit, Good Charlotte and Filter--bands who think that a neoclassical style (i.e., ripping off some underground late-80's or early-90's band) will bring them fame. Ministry are evolving, and Alain and Paul are in their 40's now. In retrospect, I think SPOON blows "Filth Pig" and "Animositisomina" away, because for the first time, Ministry present us with a dark, writhing, painful, eerie, original sound that is unmistakeably new....without drowning the evil in speedy drums, samples from cult classic movies and 8 guitar tracks. For the first time since "The Mind," you can actually hear Paul Barker's bass guitar, and his vocals. You can definitelt feel his influence on this recording, especially in the careful, well chosen lyrics. This is the most EVIL collection of music they have put out to date. I can only give it four stars, because of shallow songs like Bad Blood and 10/10--truly filler. If you are stuck in the over-sampled drum machine-laidened world of the early 90's, go out and pick up some of Grandpa Al's other experiments, like Pailhead, 1000 Homo DJ's, PTP, Acid Horse and RevCo, or even Lead Into Gold, and you will see that even during that era, Jourgensen and Barker were ALWAYS testing the limits of alternative music. Don't label Ministry! And don't bash "Spoon." Here you get a real taste of Paul Barker's genius--slow, creeping death accompanied by eerie, breathless vocals..."HERE IS THE END; HERE IS NOTHING!"
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By Welt on April 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'm definitely in the minority with this opinion, but I think Spoon is one of Ministry's best albums. From the jaw-shattering opening that is Supermanic Soul, to the extreme blood-curdling and deviating sound of the amazing Vex & Siolence, Spoon really showcases a more eerie and Wraithy side of Ministry. This isn't the typical, hard-hitting, aggressive Ministry album we've already heard a hundred times before. Spoon is darkly tricky, but at the same time, preserves that clotting Ministry sound we're all familiar with. Their slower, more bleak side in an entire CD.
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.
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Ok, I know "Filth Pig" and this cd didn't live up to alot of people's expectations, but in my opinion this is yet another brilliant album from Ministry. There's no way I could possibly hate this album. Sure, it's really straying away from what they did with classics such as "The Mind..." and "Psalm 69" but what I love about these guys is every album is a brand new experience with something new and creative to keep us all interested and entertained. This album was very experimental, moreover than the more Metal driven "Filth Pig" which I also love to death. I definitely don't recommend this to anyone new to Ministry, start off with The Mind or Psalm 69, then if you love what you heard pick up Animositisomina, and then go check out Filth Pig and Spoon. I am well aware this isn't their best work (which explains the 4 stars) but oh well. It's just like the new Metallica cd... yeah the whole "no solos" thing does suck but come on they can't just go in and churn out another Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets. They can't just make that same magic happen again. The same is with Ministry, they are a very experimental and progressive band and if you can't hang on for the ride...then just pop in Psalm and quit your whining. I still love this cd. Best songs: Nursing Home, Kaif, 10/10 and Bad Blood.
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