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"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.

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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


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  8. Don't Let It Get You Down 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000069DOH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tyler McGaughey on May 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of the band of Austin, Texas indie rockers called Spoon when they performed on the famed PBS show "Austin City Limits" with Ben Kweller. When "Kill the Moonlight" was listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Top 50 Records of the Year, I decided to pick it up.
At first I thought that the singer, Britt Daniel, was doing his best Elvis Costello impression. But strangely, each time I listen to this CD, the resemblance to that new-wave troubadour grows smaller and smaller.
Another thing that struck me at first was how much SPACE there was on this album. The opening track, the superbly catchy "Small Stakes", only has organ and tambourine to accompany the vocals. But any [person] can make space, right? Ah, yes, that is true. It's how you USE THAT SPACE that makes great music. And Spoon does just that. On most songs there is just a sparse piano melody line, with drums and bass, to underscore Britt daniel's pleading and similarly simplistic lyrics.
I have made the comparison to Elvis Costello, and indeed, this band conjure up the spirits of punk/new-wave greats on a few songs. "Jonathon Fisk" reminds me of The Clash and "The Way We Get By" sounds like a New York Dolls demo. But these blokes are not just copying what others did in '77. Just listen to the fabulous "Paper Tiger" and tell me if Sid Vicious could ever be that compassionate or musically mature.
Although the album is barely 35 minutes long, it never seems like it is a short throwaway because the songs are of such high quality. From the human beatbox-based "Stay Don't Go" to the organic and slightly pschyadelic closer "Vittorio E.", "Kill the Moonlight" is one of the best and finest albums to have been released in 2002.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heavy Theta on January 20, 2003
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Kill the Moonlight certainly got on a lot of end of the year top ten lists. Admittedly, these are kind of lean times for the music community, so maybe it doesn't take all that much to stand out these days. But Spoon displays genuine enthusiasm performing melodic, adult rock and roll, supported by an active, but not too heavy handed mixing/effects board. I'm sure there are many afficianados long aware of the band, but they seemed to just come out of left field with this kickass record. Which is how pop is supposed to work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Farrell on July 17, 2006
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I don't know why I bought this CD except that Spoon was getting a lot of critical praise in some of the rags. One reviewer below said he listened to this record obsessively for a couple of months. I did the very same thing. I buy a ton of music and I tend to buy CDs for a given band in bunches. I bought Gimmie Fiction and Kill Moonlight in the same emptying of the bucket I do each month here at Amazon. Sometimes they sit for a month or two until I get to them, but when I get to them I give them fair play as they say in the UK. I'll probably get skewered by this from somebody, but I liken this record to The Dandy Warhols' Welcome To The Monkey House (great CD, check it out if you don't own it); it's good clean foot tapping fun across the board. The sweet spot on this record for me is from track four "Stay, Don't Go" through track eight in "Don't Let It Get You Down." They are all catchy, well written, and remind me of some other band somehow. I definitely do not mean that in a negative way. I'm now a fan for sure. I have over 3400 CDs and many of them are in and out of the carousel in one or two listens after the initial surge, but this one I keep skipping as I replace the other CDs. I can't quite explain it. I always seems to want to hear it one more time before I file it. That's when I know I've hit on something. I'm always in constant search of great records that nobody knows that are good all the way through and this one qualifies. Recommended. Good job Spoon if you are out there somewhere reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "dresneer" on August 29, 2002
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Spoon can pull off something very few bands are capable of- having every album sound incredibly different from its predecessor and yet somehow maintaining the sound that is decidedly Spoon.
People who loved Girls Can Tell might be surprised and even disappointed that Kill the Moonlight takes the band in a very unexpected direction. But that will only last during the first listen.
What makes songs like Everything Hits at Once so spectacular is their minimalistic approaches, meaning the songs aren't very layered at all. Somehow, Spoon creates the illusion that the song is much more complex than it really is. Nw imagine if they took that minimalism and applied it to an entire album- you get Kill the Moonlight.
Don't be discouraged by the first track Small Stakes. It is by far the weakest of the album meaning once you get past it, the rest is pure gravy. The real standouts are "The Way We Get By" and "Stay Don't Go" (driven by its incredibly catchy beat). By the end of the third track, it's pretty apparent which direction the album is headed, and, as stated before, it may take the Spoon fan by surprise. But give it a chance, because the band that keeps changing never gets boring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Bounds on October 23, 2002
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What's up with all this Pavement comparison? Pavement had their day and for all the clever word skills Malkmus Possessed they rarely captured me with any particular song. These guys are not Pavement and all I can say is...THANK GOD. From the first track Spoon had my full attention. My mouth was open and everything. I am sure a bug could have flew in or something. "Small Stakes" yes, lord. A track that feels so urgent. like they had to get the vocals out before the cholos waiting outside broke in. If I had to compare that particular song to anyone I would compare it to the Jam when that got their sound honed and got that melodic bounce going. It's more about the delivery than a direct sound alike. He sings in a Welleresque style on that track as well as "Jonathan Fisk" . I even get a Elvis Costello vibe from a few tracks too. Something in the way the song is sung. There is an immediacy to the tracks amongst the beat and pop. I love it. It keeps you sort of guessing when the guitar solos and typical pop polyforms will kick in...good news, kids...they don't. Spoon keeps it moving...never breaking stride.
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