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Gimme Fiction

SpoonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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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 (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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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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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme gimme gimme May 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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. The riffs are sharp and complex, with lots of little hooks to draw listeners in. They can burn slowly, then rev up into brief blasts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely Good 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Good! May 10, 2005
By yocorro
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homage to the Forefathers June 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme something to look forward to May 10, 2005
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2002 was a breathtaking year in music - we saw the life-changing advent of Interpol, the glorious manifestation of Beck's sadness, the amphetamine tremors of Hot Hot Heat, the face-breaking fury of Trail of Dead, to name a few. We also saw a record by a band that got dropped from their label a few years back to little fanfare, a record whose simplicity and crackling execution dropped jaws across the country. That album was Spoon's "Kill the Moonlight," and there's a reason I listed all those bands above - their follow-ups induced shoulder-shrugs and sighs from fans whose hopes had been neither dashed nor fulfilled.

Gimme Fiction is not one of those albums. Gimme Fiction is the best album of 2005 so far, the best follow up to any of 2002's indie superhero successes. It's a "most" album for Spoon, the most diverse album that Spoon has ever put together, the most coherent (hell, the opening track subtly introduces every subsequent song) and the most mature, by far. "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" continues Spoon's cat-and-mouse alternation between thunderous melody and near silence. "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine" is their best piano ballad so far, thankfully short enough to not wear out its welcome. "I Turn My Camera On" is a musical vacuum filled only by a chugging one-two bass line and a beautifully sparse rhythm section.

"My Mathematical Mind" is the second best song on the album, a track that opens with keys not dissimilar to songs from 2001's Girls Can Tell. However, whereas Spoon used to be all about repetition, they've discovered the art of progression. This song manages to build from its opening simplicity into a thundering inferno of loose drumming and guitar tectonics, and its final explosion is entirely sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Standard. Buy this album if you can afford it, steal it if you can't.
Published 3 days ago by Nicholas Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I like this one
Published 2 months ago by Steve-O
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Spoon!
A neverending story of the best in alternative music. Spoon just keeps reinventing itself with each new release. Get the catalog, your won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Shipping
I ordered this as a last minute Christmas gift on the Thursday before Christmas and it was due to arrive Christmas Eve to it's shipping destination. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This is a good album. I don't have anything to say that hasn't already been said, so I'll leave it at that.
Published 21 months ago by Woodthegr8
4.0 out of 5 stars SPOON's CD Gimme Fiction
SPOON's "gimme fiction" CD came to me very quickly in very good condition and has been enjoyed immensely. Listen to this CD as often as possible.
Published on October 16, 2012 by W. H. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
This is a great album. Every song is worth owning. I like pretty much everything else Spoon has released, but this is their best album in my opinion.
Published on September 14, 2012 by R. M. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoon, adored
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. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by J. Hubner
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome from the start... all the way to the end!
Great CD thru and thru... give it a listen... you will be glad you did!
Published on September 4, 2009 by For the Sun and Moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Some Spooned Out Satisfaction
So here's my Spoon River Anthology: I saw this little band in Salt Lake City after this album came out, maybe late summer 2005. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by M. Swinney
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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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