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Good Morning Spider Enhanced

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 16 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000I85P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Pig
2. Painbirds
3. Saint Mary
4. Good Morning Spider
5. Sick Of Goodbyes
6. Box Of Stars (Part One)
7. Sunshine
8. Chaos Of The Galaxy/Happy Man
9. Hey, Joe
10. Come On In
11. Maria's Little Elbows
12. Cruel Sun
13. All Night Home
14. Ghost Of His Smile
15. Hundreds Of Sparrows
16. Box Of Stars (Part Two)
17. Junebug

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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

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Format: Audio CD
I always wanted a Sparklehorse album, and now that I've got one I'm not sure what to make of it. I've listened to a number of their songs, and I loved all of them (one of my personal favorites being "Someday I Will Treat You Good" which used to be one of those "who the hell does this song?" songs). A couple of my faves of theirs are on here, even ("Ghost of His Smile" and "Hundreds of Sparrows").
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.
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Format: Audio CD
I heard "Pig" from a compliation cd that my boyfriend made for me. I listened to "Pig" several times over and over. It's a very addictive song. Then I borrowed the whole album and it took a few listenings before I wanted to listen to it over and over. Every song pulls at a different emotion. With "Pig" you just want to sing along with your inner rock star. Then "Painbirds" brings you're inner rock star back down to earth. "Sick of Goodbyes" is another song that you can't help but play over and over. At first, "Chaos Of The Galaxy/Happy Man" makes you want to skip to the next track, but you listen to it. You think it will finally get out of it's "tuning sounds" and onto something else, which is does and it ends up being a really cool track. It seems to be a good transition track from the first half of the cd to the second half. "Cruel Sun" and "Ghost Of His Smile" are in a similar vein as "Pig." "Hundreds of Sparrows" is an absolutely beautiful song that will be going through your head several times over to the point you want to listen to it again because you like it so much.
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!
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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.
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Remember the feeling that everything TRULY great has gone before, and that we now live in an age of mediocrity - that sense that only in retrospect will we realise the greatness of something, and only then realise how much that something was an integral part of our lives?
'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.
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