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SPIRAL STAIRCASE

Supersister

 

Canterbury Scene

3.15 | 46 ratings

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Steven in Atlanta
5 stars Since Spiral Staircase is receiving little love among Supersister reviews here at PA, let me chime in here to champion what is easily my favorite album by the band, even though it sounds like no other Supersister album. Actually it doesn't sound like anyone else's album!

A musical fairy tale for disturbed but imaginative children is one description I find most apt for this LP. Chock full of musical mischief, played by musicians with great chops, Spiral Staircase is one of those rare albums that consistently puts a smile on my face after hearing it. Many beautiful, serene moments buttress the wacky stuff, and there are a handful of hot little jams by the band in between that really cook! Keyboard man Robert Jan Stips particularly shines.

The varispeed chipmunk vocals that dot the landscape here and there do tend to rub some folks the wrong way - most of the male and female vocal is normal speed, I might add. But taken in context, this just adds to the fun and daring musical stew these guys have cooked up.

Track-by-track rundowns as well as the story of the album (i.e. it's not really a Supersister album per se, though the personnel varies little from other 'Sister elpees) are told by other reviewers so I won't mine that same territory. And I should point out that Supersister's first three albums (Nancy, Bidder & Pudding) are all exquisite and far more representative of the Supersister sound than Spiral Staircase is. But the Staircase album goes to places that very few have ever dared, especially with such fascinating results.

Not only one of a kind but a complete and utter classic. 5 stars from me!

Steven in Atlanta | 5/5 |

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