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Spoon: Kill the MoonlightKill the Moonlight (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 5


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They hail from Texas, land of the free and the capitally punished. They call Austin their home where the rain is as welcome as a Rolling Stone rock critic. They are Spoon, and they ain't just another silverware band. Spoon's fourth album, "Kill the Moonlight" is finally catching the attention of th.
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They hail from Texas, land of the free and the capitally punished. They call Austin their home where the rain is as welcome as a Rolling Stone rock critic. They are Spoon, and they ain't just another silverware band.

Spoon's fourth album, "Kill the Moonlight" is finally catching the attention of the people who matter: other important bands, myself, Conan O'Brien and my girlfriend.

They are like wine, just getting better as they grow older. Their first album, Telephono, pronounced, "tell eff un oh" not "telle phono" brought their talent to the people of Matador records. Sparking countless comparisons to the Pixies, Spoon was quickly signed to Elektra records, ironically the Pixies old record label. After a critically acclaimed, but commercially disappointing sophomore album, "A Series of Sneaks" Elektra dropped Spoon before they could say, "Fuck you, you didn't advertise our fucking album you fucking pricks."

Then came Merge records, a label known for finding talent. Spoon released their third album, Girls Can Tell in the year 2000. Again, not commercially successful, but critics hailed the album as one of the year's greatest. Dropping constant guitars for mellow keyboards, Spoon found a new way to get attention. 2002 â?? "Kill the Moonlight." The album of the year, well, of last year.

Keeping with the keyboards and vocal harmonies, Spoon not only the best album of last year but the best of their career so far.

Opening with a strange drum loop, Britt Daniel and company jump into "Small Stakes," a song with little or no chorus, but gives you a feeling of wholeness by the time the song is over.

"We get high in back seats of cars, we brake in to mobile homes."

Next on the list comes the quasi-commercially successful song "The Way We Get By" which was featured on both the Carson Daly show and the Conan O'Brien show. After doing the talk show circuit, Spoon went on a nation wide tour which actually included a stop in Oregon, the land which is completely opposite of Texas, and for this, us Oregonians all thank Spoon.

"Kill the Moonlight" features the first ever human beat box on a song that I have ever owned. "Stay Don't Go" features Britt using his voice as the drums throughout the entire song. Three minutes and thirty five seconds of looped beats from a southerner's mouth. Perfect. "Paper Tiger" shows Britt's talent at finding a way to write great lyrics that rarely, if ever, actually rhyme.

"I will no longer do the devil's wishes, something I read on a dollar bill."

"Paper Tiger" actually has absolutely no guitar throughout the song. Featuring only Britt's voice, a few drumsticks and a keyboard. Spoon has found a knack for keeping song writing simple, yet, at the same time, sounding so intelligent and complex.

The rest of the album features great songs like "Someone Something," a daring song that seems to have a piano playing guitar solos, and songs like "Don't let it get you Down" and "All the Pretty Girls go to the City" which demonstrate that Texas boys can write amazing love songs and even can get away with harmonizing a chorus.

"Hear em go do d-do d-do d-do d-do d-do."

Four albums, and countless number of memorable songs, and the members of Spoon still have day jobs as electricians and business majors. Finding time only to record and tour, but its all worth it. For one Spoon hits your town, you will ask for seconds.

"Religion don't mean a thing, it's just another way to be right wing."

 

 
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Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

amazing album. one of the best bands of our time. no question about it. everything just works perfectly. if you like this record, their previous record Girls Can Tell is about 100 times more amazing. There is somthing totally innovative and hypnotic about the drumming on both records. These guys kow what they're doing and its just perfection. im really sorry i missed them on the late night circuit but thankfully i got to see them play a half hour show on the austin city limits. it will probably be replayed very soon so look for it(rockontv.com)

jfluck (February 27, 2003)

Great album with awesome piano tunes. Lots of great tracks, not just a few. I will have to check out what was done in the past by Spoon.

maverick (February 26, 2003)

To comment on my earlier post before someone else talks about my stupidity-

I don't own the Elektra version of this album, because this never came out on Elektra. I was referring to the band's earlier work, "A Series Of Sneaks," which initially came out on Elektra but was then re-released by Merge last year [I think].

My apologies, no indie cred for me.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

i was just listening to them when i came across this review.

CallingLondon (February 26, 2003)

this band completely and totally owns. brilliant music.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

spoon are a lovely band

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

do i get cred for having a vile of Britt's seed?

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

yes.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

no, you don't. i don't think you could come close to having any sort of "cred."

maverick (February 25, 2003)

Do I get indie cred for owning the original release of this on Elektra?

-Scott

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

Great review. I live in Austin, this band is brilliant. Grant P.

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