"Kill The Moonlight" has a stylistic range and emotional depth far beyond that of their previous work. No longer rooted in a strict guitar-bass-drum format, Spoon's increased use of keyboards, studio effects, and self-created samples are in stark contrast to the more traditionalist "Girls Can Tell" release (2001). Yet the common thread is the instantly memorable and impossible to shake songs. Mind blowing, life affirming rock n' roll.
Life has gotten so much easier for these guys ever since Pavement
broke up. After all, how many flannel-shirt wearing, floppy-haired, Fall
sound-alikes can the average person swallow? Oh well, now that the playing field is theirs alone, Spoon do not disappoint. Kill The Moonlight
is their most melodically accomplished work to date, shimmying through the primal tambourine shakes of "Small Stakes," breaking a sweat with the spiky lo-fi swagger of "Stay Don't Go," and getting all starry-eyed on the three-and-a-half minute acoustic epic "Don't Let It Get You Down." So good, you'll even forgive them for blatantly Malkmus-derived song titles like "Paper Tiger" and "Vittorio E." --Aidin Vaziri