Spanners (album)

Spanners is the third studio album by English electronic music group The Black Dog.[1] It was released via Warp on 16 January 1995.[2] It peaked at number 30 on the UK Albums Chart.[3]

Spanners
Studio album by
Released16 January 1995 (1995-01-16)
StudioBlack Dog Towers
GenreIDM
Length75:40
LabelWarp
The Black Dog chronology
Temple of Transparent Balls
(1993)
Spanners
(1995)
Parallel
(1996)

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]

Ned Raggett of AllMusic praised Spanners, saying, "The highlights are many, most often achieving a solid combination of dancefloor friendliness and unexpected sonic trickery."[4] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly described it as "a series of antiseptic, hypnosis-inducing machine burbles, but with just the right amount of jarring elements to keep listeners awake."[5] Shana Ting Lipton of CMJ New Music Monthly called it "an epic journey through life in the modern world."[6]

In 2017, Spanners ranked at number 42 on Pitchfork's list of "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time".[1]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Ken Downie, Ed Handley and Andy Turner.

No.TitleLength
1."Raxmus"3:03
2."Bolt 1"0:27
3."Barbola Work"6:42
4."Bolt 2"0:27
5."Psil-Cosyin"10:32
6."Chase the Manhattan"5:42
7."Bolt 3"1:36
8."Tahr"3:08
9."Bolt 4"1:06
10."Further Harm"6:18
11."Nommo"6:53
12."Bolt 5"0:22
13."Pot Noddle"7:13
14."Bolt 6"0:42
15."End of Time"3:44
16."Utopian Dream"6:00
17."Bolt 7"0:17
18."Frisbee Skip"5:25
19."Chesh"6:03
Total length:75:40

Charts

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[7] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 30

References

  1. "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. 24 January 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. "Spanners". Warp. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. Raggett, Ned. "Spanners – The Black Dog". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  5. Browne, David (2 June 1995). "Spanners". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  6. Lipton, Shana Ting (June 1995). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly: 28.
  7. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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