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Kill the Moonlight

Spoon Audio CD
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"The most consistent alt-rock band of the past couple of decades delivers another winner: a perfect balance of smart, weird and wild."
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MERG
  • ASIN: B000069DOH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A minimal masterpiece 11 May 2003
By Tyler McGaughey - Published on Amazon.com
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.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2002 21 Jan 2003
By Heavy Theta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's no Girls Can Tell, but man is it good 29 Aug 2002
By "dresneer" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Cherry Moon is where Jonathan Fisk kissed me 24 Oct 2002
By John Bounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pavement? The Fall? Spoon has a sound of their own!! 9 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure what album Aidin Vaziri was listening to, but it certainly wasn't Spoon's Kill the Moonlight. I don't mean to pick on Mr. Vaziri, but I don't want the uninitiated to get the wrong sound in their minds. I love Pavement and The Fall, don't get me wrong, but Spoon doesn't sound a thing like either of them.
As for this album--it is a solid, cohesive record, without a weak track. In my opinion, it does not hit the highs of Series of Sneaks, nor the lows. There are 3 or 4 songs on Sneaks that I consider classics, but quite a bit of filler as well. After 9-10 listens, Moonlight is more consistently very good, but not great. Still worth buying, and definitely top ten for '02.
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