- Released: February 9, 1999
- Label: Capitol
Rolling Stone - 2/18/99, p.61
"...a homemade tour de force of psychedelic Appalachian folk slop, held together by writer-producer Linkous' ruggedly melancholic whisper of a voice....only a bored small-town space cadet could have dreamed up all the ornately beautiful dreams on GOOD MORNING SPIDER."
Entertainment Weekly - 3/5/99, p.66
"...Linkous swathes his crepuscular dirges in a wet blanket of gloom, then leaves in all the lo-fi messiness most artists airbrush out. Sound ugly as sin? It's actually heartbreakingly beautiful; Linkous' songs are so fragile and tender, you'll want to coddle them." - Rating: A
Magnet - 4/99, p.81
"...a schizophrenic lurch between the earthly and the ethereal....Not exactly lo-fi, alt-country or punk, but some netherworld in-between, Sparklehorse...use vintage recording equipment and analog sounds to capture a very present palette of emotions and world views..."
- 3.Saint Mary
- 4.Good Morning Spider
- 5.Sick Of Goodbyes
- 6.Box Of Stars (Part One)
- 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)
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous (vocals, guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, optigan, samples).
Additional personnel: Sofie Michalitsianos (vocals, cello); Vic Chesnutt (spoken vocals); David Lowery (guitar, bass, drum machine); Stephen McCarthy (pedal steel guitar); Melissa Moore (violin); Paul Watson (cornet); Johnny Hott (piano, drums); Scott Minor (harmonium, drums).
Even more inventive than the brilliant VIVADIXIE..., GOOD MORNING SPIDER is the sound of a man who quite literally died and lived to tell about it. Before recording the album, Sparklehorse singer/songwriter Mark Linkous flatlined for two minutes in a London hospital, an experience reflected in the lyrics of the lullaby-like "Saint Mary" where he sings, "Blanket me, sweet nurse, and keep me from burnin'. I must get back to the woods, dear girls. I must get back to the woods."
True to his word, Linkous returns with startling urgency, taking his quirky rural aesthetic to further extremes, as evidenced on the aggressive distortion-filled album opener, "Pig," and in the hushed sleepiness of "All Night Home." The head 'horse briefly ventures into poppier territory with the catchy chorus of "Sick of Goodbyes," but most songs are far stranger creatures like the lush "Painbirds" and the fuzzed-out "Ghost of His Smile," which employ an eclectic array of arrangements and instrumentation. It's rare that an album of such wide scope can hold itself together, but with GOOD MORNING SPIDER, Linkous has triumphantly crafted a cohesive sound-collage of both fierce vitality and astonishing beauty.