Splinter (1999)

''Bravely Beautiful, It's So Good You Already Know America Will Hate It.'' - NME, 1999.

About Splinter:

After the band had finished their lengthy ''Becoming X'' tour, they set out to record a new album. Due to disagreements on how they wanted to sound and on their need to evolve, Kelli was asked to leave the band. This time around, they took a little longer to record it, compared to the bedroom studio at Liam's house, this album was to be recorded in an actual studio - with Joe and David  now on-board. The album was originally intended to be called ''Scissors, Paper, Stone'', but after some time it was changed to ''Splinter''. Once again, labelled under ''Clean-Up Records'', ''Splinter'' was a totally different take on Sneaker Pimps. It had elements of indie rock, trip-hop and alternative, all glued together by a dark atmosphere, rather than the bright and airy, pop and electronica feel to ''Becoming X''. It had a mixed reception upon release and ''Virgin Records'' didn't like the fact that they had dropped Kelli and so they dropped the Sneaker Pimps. Being that this was their only connection to the USA, ''Splinter'' was ultimately never released there. With the absence of Kelli, this put a lot of people off listening to the album, just for that reason alone. Chris said in a ''Making Music'' interview (entire article in the ''Interviews'' section); ''Generally the gigs have been well received. You can see people in the audience looking puzzled. We've had some people coming over and saying 'That was so much better' while others can't get their heads around the change''. It is unknown if Chris was originally intended to sing the ''Splinter'' album at first, as Emiliana Torrini is present on most of the original demos. Sampling, again, was present, but in short amounts. This time, an even more obscure choice of music was chosen, such as the ''Kronos Quartet's'' tracks: ''Uleg-Khem'' and ''Laengdans Efter Byfans Mats''. Compared to the previous five singles that ''Becoming X'' had spawned, ''Splinter'' only had two singles upon release, ''Low Five'' and ''Ten To Twenty''. A reason for this being that ''Splinter'' was more of a personal experience, rather than a full-on intended pop album. As per-usual with ''Clean-Up Records'' and ''One Little Indian Records'', both singles had a plethora of different versions, each with exclusive remixes and non-album tracks from the ''Splinter'' sessions. After the album's release, they once again set out to tour, mostly at indie-type venues, such as colleges and universities. They performed nearly the entire album on ''Boxed Set'', a Scottish TV program and also did a live stint at V99. Upon being released, it was pressed onto LP and CD. The Japanese CD had extra tracks included from the ''Splinter'' sessions (see below). Then in 2008, the album was re-pressed on 2-LP, 200gram, Direct Metal Mastered vinyl. It was also re-pressed once again in 2017, all identical except the vinyl was pressed at 180gram instead of 200gram. At some point whilst their official website was active, they supplied the entire album, for free, in instrumental form. It was planned to re-release ''Splinter'' for free in 5.1 surround-sound form, but it was cancelled.

Standard CD Edition:

01: Half Life

02: Low Five

03: Lightning Field

04: Curl

05: Destroying Angel

06: Empathy

07: Superbug

08: Flowers And Silence

09: Cute Sushi Lunches

10: Ten To Twenty

11: Splinter

12: Wife By Two Thousand

13: Diving *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

14: Unattach *Japanese Only Bonus Track.

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Splinter/release/11063677

1LP Edition:

A1: Half Life

A2: Low Five

A3: Lightning Field

A4: Curl

A5: Destroying Angel

A6: Empathy

B1: Superbug

B2: Flowers And Silence

B3: Cute Sushi Lunches

B4: Ten To Twenty

B5: Splinter

B6: Wife By Two Thousand

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Splinter/release/1589510

2008 And 2016 2LP Editions:

A1: Half Life

A2: Low Five

A3: Lightning Field

B1: Curl

B2: Destroying Angel

B3: Empathy

C1: Superbug

C2: Flowers And Silence

C3: Cute Sushi Lunches

D1: Ten To Twenty

D2: Splinter

D3: Wife By Two Thousand

For more information, please visit: https://www.discogs.com/Sneaker-Pimps-Splinter/release/2348003

Samples:

''Empathy'' sampled ''Kronos Quartet's'' tracks: ''Uleg-Khem and ''Laengdans Efter Byfans Mats'', from 1997.

''Superbug'' sampled Dashiell Hedayat's track: ''Cielo Drive/17'', from 1971.

''Cute Sushi Lunches'' sampled David Sylvian's track: ''Brilliant Trees'', from 1984.

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