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Spoon make some of the catchiest, most confident rock 'n' roll of any group around. Their fifth full-length is nothing short of a dizzying, soulful masterpiece, easily the most expansive work in their career. "Gimme Fiction" is a sprawling, exhilarating, filler-free album of keenly focused artistic vision and ambition. Merge. 2005.

Gimme Fiction is Spoon's loosest, most eclectic effort yet. While still sounding like themselves, the Austin-based band manages to evoke a number of other artists on their fifth full-length. (It's a neat trick.) On proto-glam opener "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," Britt Daniels channels the David Bowie of The Man Who Sold the World. Then there's slinky jam "I Turn My Camera On," where he conjures up Prince or Mick Jagger, circa "Miss You," by singing in a higher register. As indicated by the title, "Sister Jack" sounds like early Who (i.e. "Happy Jack"), while "They Never Got You" sounds like Plastic Ono Band-era John Lennon. Do all these different styles hang together? For the most part: yes. After the triumph of Kill the Moonlight, Spoon could have easily rested on their laurels and issued another album just like it, but Gimme Fiction proves they would rather evolve than stagnate. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B00082ZRN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2005
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Spoon is one of the best, and also the most underappreciated, bands in the wide world of indierock. And after the twin masterpieces of "Girls Can Tell" and "Kill the Moonlight," they had a lot to follow up on. They could have easily rested on their laurels, and produced a new album full of nothing new at all.

But they didn't. And the result is worth waiting for.

Their newest album, "Gimme Fiction," actually takes that kind of rock and builds on it. Nowherer is it more obvious than in the opener, "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," where lead singer Britt Daniels sounds eerily like John Lennon. If I didn't know that it was actually Daniels, I might have thought that someone found a lost Lennon song that happened to sound like Spoon.

It's followed up by a stream of slow-burning rock, with angular guitars and sharp percussion. But Spoon gets to experiment with those different styles too. There's a deep funk vibe in "I Turn My Camera On," but it instantly switches to some piano and drums in "My Mathematical Mind" and the blasts of guitar rock in "Sister Jack."

In other words, Spoon has taken the time to experiment. "Gimme Fiction" is more musically lush than "Kill the Moonlight," which was wonderfully stripped-down. But unlike many bands who try to evolve their work, Spoon hasn't lost their edge. There's still a lo-fi, angular sound to their music; it's not quite on the same level as their prior albums, but even "only good" Spoon is the stuff of retro-rock dreams.

Since it's Spoon, it's dark and rather dismal. But those lo-fi grooves are so much fun that it's virtually impossible to actually think of them as dark.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BookNerd on June 1, 2005
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Let me put this as clearly as possible: I'm an avid music fan who tries to listen to anything that makes a blip on the critical radar. With this in mind, I'm here to tell you that "Gimme Fiction" is not only Spoon's best cd, and that it will surely hold the top spot on many best of the year lists, but that its first seven songs (count `em) are so insanely good, so packed with pleasurable hooks and grooves, so smart, so delicious, so intricately designed and performed, that it will, I predict, achieve the rank of a classic. BUT...this isn't a cd that reveals itself on the first, second, or third listen. Only with multiple listens does it become clear that each song is comprised of a multitude of perfect choices: the prefect riff or beat, the perfect lyric, the perfectly-chosen little guitar growl or half-buried answer-back chorus. (You'll hear a similar high-standard and perfect knack for arrangement in the music of Wilco). "Gimme Fiction" is the sort of crafty, buoyant, deeply satisfying cd you hope for every summer but rarely find. It is a great rock and roll record.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By yocorro on May 10, 2005
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This album is a near-masterpiece, earning four stars in my book only because it does not quite reach the pinnacles of Spoon's undeniable masterpiece, 2001's "Girls Can Tell" (if you are new to the band, I might start with that one, but "Fiction" would serve as a good introduction, as well). "Gimme Fiction," like most of the band's other records, succeeds so well because you have that constant tension between the catchy pop of the melodies and the sexy, dangerous edge of Britt Daniels' voice (as well as the vicious drumming). It doesn't even matter what he's singing in a song like "I Turn My Camera On"......the song as a whole just sounds so f*cking amazing, you can get lost inside it. Also, I must give highest praise to the band for keeping the total run-time on this album mercifully short, in the style of, say, a classic Beatles album. Spoon clearly are craftsmen, recognizing that "less is more;" that just because a CD allows for 80 minutes of music doesn't mean you must utilize all 80. I look forward to playing this album all summer and singing along, loudly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on June 23, 2005
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It appears that Spoon has jumped the fence over to mainstream success with this release. The band has borrowed liberally from the classic rock of the 70's and 80's (their formative years, I presume), from the ominous Bowie-esque glam-rock opener, "Beast and Dragon, Adored", to the falsetto Stones-funk of "I Turn My Camera On". The first half of this CD is especially impressive, laden with hooks, the catchiest being in "Sister Jack", an upbeat number that evokes so many "Jack" songs of yore (The Who's "Happy Jack"; the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", even Spirit's "Uncle Jack"). Once we pass that song, memorable tunes are harder to come by, though they're consistently competent and entertaining. Their pop-tradition sensibilities remind me of Fountains of Wayne, albeit with a harder edge. And now and then Britt Daniels' guitar cuts loose on a "noisy" solo that reminds us they still consider themselves an alternative band. Overall, it's a worthy effort, as Spoon joins groups like Modest Mouse and the Shins in gaining a well-deserved wider audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on February 25, 2012
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It was December of 2004 and it was a Saturday night. The Christmas tree was up and lit and my wife and two daughters were asleep. We were a mere two months away from the birth of my son. I was up and kind of restless, so I decided to watch some tv. I found myself stopping on PBS and checking out Austin City Limits. There was a band playing I'd never heard of. There was something different about them. An air of cool came through the television speakers. A slickness that I hadn't heard in a new band for a long time. The satellite guide said the band was called Spoon. Interesting. So after watching their performance for 25 minutes and being entranced by the minimalist guitar lines, airy keys and metronome-like timekeeping of the drummer I headed downstairs and looked them up. They weren't as new as I thought. They'd been around since the mid-90's. They were from Austin, TX and by that point had a handful of releases to their name. Jesus, was I that out of the loop? Why hadn't I heard of them? I subscribed to Spin. I was informed, or so I thought. So without even thinking I ordered their two most recent albums, `Girls Can Tell' and `Kill the Moonlight'. Within 3 days they arrived and after listening to them both in succession I was immediately hooked. The slickness was still there. The powerful, yet still subtle drumming of Jim Eno was the backbone of `Girls Can Tell'. I immediately recognized `Everything Hits At Once', the lead off track on `Girls Can Tell' as the first song I heard them play on ACL. `Girls' was decidedly mellower and more of a conventional album than `Kill the Moonlight'. `Moonlight' had an air of recklessness to it. More of a `use whatever we have in the studio' feel. Reversed drum machines, loops, shorter songs.Read more ›
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how is this a limited edition?
I am pretty sure that the "Limited Edtion" should be taken off the product description by Amazon. The original pressing of the cd came with a bonus cd containing 4 extra songs. 2 demos and 2 other unreleased songs. I would assume those are long gone by now.
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