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* TakeThat: CD copies of the album often feature a disclaimer on the back cover reading "this recording is meant to be listened to on vinyl," a not-so-subtle jab against the Compact Disc, which had already become the dominant format for music at the time of the album's release.


* DownerEnding: The whole album is rather dark, but "Good Morning, Captain" is the darkest track on the album by far. It's more terrifying than it is sad, but it nonetheless ends with Brian [=McMahan=] [[CarefulWithThatAxe screaming]] "[[SuddenlyShouting I MISS YOU]]" while David Pajo plays an epic ThrashMetal riff.



* EpicRocking: Every song on the album is over five minutes long.

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* EpicRocking: Every song on the album is over five minutes long. "Washer" is the longest, approaching nine.


* Britt Walford - Drums, guitar, vocals (latter two for "Don, Aman")

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* Britt Walford - Drums, guitar, vocals (latter (spoken word verses in "Nosferatu Man", latter two for "Don, Aman")


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: "Breadcrumb Trail", "Nosferatu Man", and "Good Morning, Captain" all have surreal elements to their narratives. However, whether these are really happening or not is left very ambiguous throughout the songs and [[NoEnding abruptly stop before any explanation can be given]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Breadcrumb Trail" begins with the protagonist searching for a ship at an amusement park. The plot of "Good Morning, Captain" centres around the survivor of a shipwreck.

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* CerebusSyndrome: While still creepy and having that same horror undercurrent as the rest of the album, "Breadcrumb Trail" at least has some semblance of a positive time and a happy ending. After that, however, the mood of the album plummets immediately and doesn't let up.


* FaceOnTheCover: The band floating in the Utica Quarry, an abandoned quarry in their native Louisville. Their faces are all you can see of them, adding to the mystique around the group and this album in particular.

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* FaceOnTheCover: The band floating in the Utica Quarry, an abandoned quarry in near their native Louisville. Their faces are all you can see of them, adding to the mystique around the group and this album in particular.


* Todd Brashear - Bass



* Todd Brashear - Bass



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* OneWordTitleOneWordTitle: The album and the song "Washer".


* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Don, Aman" has vocals and guitar drummer Britt Walford.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Don, Aman" has vocals and guitar by drummer Britt Walford.


''Spiderland'' is the sophomore and final album by American PostHardcore[=/=]MathRock band Music/{{Slint}}, released through Creator/TouchAndGoRecords on March 27, 1991. [[NewSoundAlbum A very marked departure from]] ''Tweez,'' ''Spiderland'' set itself apart by removing itself of traditional hardcore structures, instead focusing on usage of long crescendos and sudden diminuendos (today, the term "Slint Dynamics" is used for dynamics similar to the ones featured on this album) and narrative lyrics delivered in [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken word.]] Fueling the mysteriousness around the album was the TroubledProduction: the entire thing was stressfully recorded over four nights, and singer Brian [=Mc=]Mahan threw his voice and became physically ill after recording the LP's final track: "Good Morning, Captain."

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''Spiderland'' is the sophomore and final album by American PostHardcore[=/=]MathRock band Music/{{Slint}}, released through Creator/TouchAndGoRecords on March 27, 1991. [[NewSoundAlbum A very marked departure from]] their first album ''Tweez,'' ''Spiderland'' set itself apart by removing itself of traditional hardcore structures, instead focusing on usage of long crescendos and sudden diminuendos (today, the term "Slint Dynamics" is used for dynamics similar to the ones featured on this album) and narrative lyrics delivered in [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken word.]] Fueling the mysteriousness around the album was the TroubledProduction: the entire thing was stressfully recorded over four nights, and singer Brian [=Mc=]Mahan threw his voice and became physically ill after recording the LP's final track: track, "Good Morning, Captain."
Captain".


* CarefulWithThatAxe: The chorus of "Nosferatu Man" and the ending to "Good Morning, Captain," the latter of which made Brian ''vomit'' right after.

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: The chorus of "Nosferatu Man" and the ending to "Good Morning, Captain," Captain", the latter of which made Brian ''vomit'' right after.



* ConceptAlbum: Though it's more like a short story collection than a novel. The lyrics all tell tales of alienation. There are also EpilepticTrees that all the songs also have themes of sleep, dreaming, and death, as argued [[http://www.popmatters.com/feature/131474-spiderland-the-experience-of-sleep/ here]]. References to water are also common.

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* ConceptAlbum: Though it's more like a short story collection than a novel. The lyrics all tell tales of alienation. There are also EpilepticTrees that all the songs also have themes of sleep, dreaming, and death, as argued [[http://www.popmatters.com/feature/131474-spiderland-the-experience-of-sleep/ here]]. References to water are also common.common, starting with the cover.



* FaceOnTheCover: The band floating in the Utica Quarry, an abandoned quarry in their native Louisville.

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* FaceOnTheCover: The band floating in the Utica Quarry, an abandoned quarry in their native Louisville. Their faces are all you can see of them, adding to the mystique around the group and this album in particular.



* GainaxEnding: "Good Morning, Captain." Is it real? Is the captain hallucinating? Is the captain dead? No one knows. "Nosferatu Man" also qualifies, as it's never exactly clear what happened to the queen (it's implied that he fed from her and killed her, but this album being [[MindScrew this album]], you can't be too sure).

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* GainaxEnding: "Good Morning, Captain." Captain". Is it real? Is the captain hallucinating? Is the captain dead? No one knows. "Nosferatu Man" also qualifies, as it's never exactly clear what happened to the queen (it's implied that he fed from her and killed her, but this album being [[MindScrew this album]], you can't be too sure).



* TeamShot: One of the more creepy examples.

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* TeamShot: One of the more creepy creepier examples.



* TheUnsmile: ''Spiderland'''s iconically creepy cover shows the band treading water in a lake in an abandoned quarry near their hometown Louisville with deranged barely smiling facial expressions.

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* TheUnsmile: ''Spiderland'''s iconically creepy cover shows the band treading water in a lake in an abandoned quarry near their hometown Louisville with deranged deranged, barely smiling facial expressions.


* ConceptAlbum: The lyrics all tell tales of alienation. There are also EpilepticTrees that all the songs also have themes of sleep, dreaming, and death, as argued [[http://www.popmatters.com/feature/131474-spiderland-the-experience-of-sleep/ here]]. References to water are also common.

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* ConceptAlbum: Though it's more like a short story collection than a novel. The lyrics all tell tales of alienation. There are also EpilepticTrees that all the songs also have themes of sleep, dreaming, and death, as argued [[http://www.popmatters.com/feature/131474-spiderland-the-experience-of-sleep/ here]]. References to water are also common.


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* NamelessNarrative: Every song except for "Don, Aman", whose eponymous character is also the ''only'' character.


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* ShipTease: Between the narrator and the fortune teller in "Breadcrumb Trail". See the lyrics at the bottom of the page for the clearest example.


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* SoleSurvivor: The captain in "Good Morning, Captain" is seemingly the only survivor of a shipwreck, until he hears [[ParanoiaFuel a voice at the door]].


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* VillainProtagonist: The vampiric protagonist of "Nosferatu Man", who seems to be some sort of SerialKiller.

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* LoudnessWar: Averted with the 2014 remaster, which maintains a solid dynamic range despite being noticeably louder than the original.

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* HeartbeatSoundtrack: A lot of the drumming in the album resembles heartbeats, and even the quickening guitars in "Don, Aman" evoke this effect.


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* {{Leitmotif}}: What three of the four main sections of "Breadcrumb Trail" are: the clean 7/4 riff plays when the protagonist and the fortune teller are walking around; the 12/8-15/8 sections resemble a rollercoaster ride; the 4/4-6/4 section with dissonant chords play when the narrative focuses on the ride's operator.

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* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: The plot behind "Nosferatu Man".


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* TermsOfEndangerment: It's implied that the 'queen' in "Nosferatu Man" is an unfortunate trespasser.


'''''Spiderland''''' is the sophomore and final album by American PostHardcore[=/=]MathRock band Music/{{Slint}}, released through Creator/TouchAndGoRecords on March 27, 1991. [[NewSoundAlbum A very marked departure from]] ''Tweez,'' ''Spiderland'' set itself apart by removing itself of traditional hardcore structures, instead focusing on usage of long crescendos and sudden diminuendos (today, the term "Slint Dynamics" is used for dynamics similar to the ones featured on this album) and narrative lyrics delivered in [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken word.]] Fueling the mysteriousness around the album was the TroubledProduction: the entire thing was stressfully recorded over four nights, and singer Brian [=Mc=]Mahan threw his voice and became physically ill after recording the LP's final track: "Good Morning, Captain."

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'''''Spiderland''''' ''Spiderland'' is the sophomore and final album by American PostHardcore[=/=]MathRock band Music/{{Slint}}, released through Creator/TouchAndGoRecords on March 27, 1991. [[NewSoundAlbum A very marked departure from]] ''Tweez,'' ''Spiderland'' set itself apart by removing itself of traditional hardcore structures, instead focusing on usage of long crescendos and sudden diminuendos (today, the term "Slint Dynamics" is used for dynamics similar to the ones featured on this album) and narrative lyrics delivered in [[SpokenWordInMusic spoken word.]] Fueling the mysteriousness around the album was the TroubledProduction: the entire thing was stressfully recorded over four nights, and singer Brian [=Mc=]Mahan threw his voice and became physically ill after recording the LP's final track: "Good Morning, Captain."

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