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Mean Red Spiders - Still Life Fast Moving (2002)

5-04-2014, 11:23
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Mean Red Spiders - Still Life Fast Moving (2002)

Artist: Mean Red Spiders
Title Of Album: Still Life Fast Moving
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Clairecords / FERN034
Genre: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Indie Rock
Total Time: 46:28 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 111 mb / 316 mb

Review by Sean Carruthers
It seems that many favorite shoegazer/dream pop bands only have so many albums in them before the sound gets more straightforward. With Still Life Fast Moving, it's Mean Red Spiders' turn to strip away some of the swirling layers of sound found on the previous two albums -- consequently, if the most frequent comparison point for the band used to be My Bloody Valentine, there's a pretty good case to be made this time for Lush. Undoubtedly, a large part of this change is due to the fact that founding guitarist David Humphreys departed the group and was replaced by ex-Intersteller member Rob Boak. That's not to say that the change is really drastic; the songwriting style is very similar this time out, but whereas before the group wanted to hit you with a wall of sound, the playing is more refined. And, of course, Minesh Mandoda is still in the band, which means you can always count on the occasional blast of noise to shake things up. Paradoxically, though Lisa Nighswander's vocals have often blended into the music almost as if they were just another instrument rather than a focal point, the more basic sound actually makes the vocals sound more restrained in comparison. You might think that would sound fey and lilting, but it actually brings a pop sensibility to the sound that, in places, is almost reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto's easygoing style (even though a full-on comparison of Nighswander to Gilberto would probably, at the very best, be premature at this point). While there will certainly be a number of listeners out there that will miss the densely packed Spiders of old, this retooled version sounds great.


1. First And Only (3:20)
2. Advance To Illinois (3:56)
3. Beaconsfield (5:27)
4. Chinese Wall Declaration (4:49)
5. Turn Walk Away (3:56)
6. The New Nostalgia (3:45)
7. My Soul To Keep (5:17)
8. They Only Met Once (4:02)
9. Awkward Over Coffee (7:31)
10. First And Only (Reprise) (4:20)

Artwork [Custom Printing] – Thingmakers
Artwork [For] – Twing:Kling
Artwork By [Package Design] – Mondo
Design [Package] – GA Franz
Mastered By – Dave Newfield
Performer – Adam Rosen, Greg Chambers, Lisa Nighswander, Minesh Mandoda, Rob Boak
Producer – Jeff McMurrich, Mean Red Spiders
Written-By – Mean Red Spiders



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