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  • Audio CD (25 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Anti-
  • ASIN: B00303XPJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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If you’re not yet conversant with the tantalising magic of Spoon – seven albums in, you should be – this is a fine place to develop a taste. Possibly you’ve been put off by the phrase “Texan guitar band”, which suggests the subtlety of a yee-hawing redneck. But Spoon, led by Britt Daniel’s extraordinarily intense and focussed voice, are pretty much a soul band who happen to be four white men in a rock group.

Like heyday Big Star, they shimmy into under-lit corners of emotional heft and trembling vulnerability. That they do this with laser-like precision rather than a ramshackle hope-for-the-best scattergun approach is a trick that emphasises their unique approach. Imagine if The Rolling Stones were as averse to any flab as Kraftwerk. Okay, you can’t. That’s just nuts. But Spoon, compellingly, can.    

Their first since 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (titled before Lady Gaga was born!), a US top ten album, bravely forsakes its cheery-loser anthems and taps into veins Spoon were staring at on such previous darker hits as I Turn My Camera On. The persistent, nagging falsetto and determination to stay in a groove until it’s yielded all possible fruits and only then quit it reminds you of Prince: if Camera was their Kiss, much here is their If I Was Your Girlfriend. It sounds salacious even when it’s probably not. They understand the aphrodisiac qualities of a perfect poised balance between restraint and expressed yearning.

Is Love Forever? kicks in like T. Rex’s Jeepster then settles into an understated chug while Daniel emotes enigmatically. That pretty much sets the tone, as cool cruiserweights like The Mystery Zone and Who Makes Your Money embody a sense of desire while steadfastly pursuing one musical idea with clean sonics and dirty impulses. Every guitar interjection makes a point. At times they’re as psychotically accurate as Wire, but colour that with the lean Americana of the first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album.  

Ghostly piano ballad Goodnight Laura is the only anomaly, but their muscular metronome reappears for the denouement of Got Nuffin and Nobody Gets Me But You (“nobody gets what I’m saying / but maybe I never wanted them to”). A great poet once opined that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  Within Spoon’s astute use of sunny structure, a brooding heart of murky frustration lurks. A deceptive, addictive album, revelling in hidden depths. --Chris Roberts

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You've probably heard Spoon even if you don't know it. "That's the way we get by" seems to permanently soundtrack certain American dramas like the OC. Similarly amongst your extended friends somewhere there will be a Spoon fanatic (a rare beast I admit although not in America) telling you that this Texan combo are greatest and most underrated band in the world!

Spoon form a central part of the renaissance of music coming out of Texas over the past decade which includes bands as varied as Mountain Goats, Lift to Experience, At the Drive In, Midlake and White Denim. Centred on the core personal of Britt Daniels who recently produced the excellent White Rabbits album "Its Frightening" (reviewed elsewhere) and Jim Eno, the gents from Spoon have been around for quite a time and deserve wider recognition in dear old Blighty.

Since their excellent breakout album "Gimme Fiction" through to 2007's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" the band started to become more commercial but never dull or boring. Indeed "Ga Ga" contained superb songs like the Motown influenced "You got yr cherry bomb" the funky "Finer Feelings" and the dual poptasticness of "Don't you evah" and "The Underdog". But for many Spoon fans that was a problem, Cries of "sell out" and "gone mainstream" followed and it had to said that some "edge" had gone from the band.

"Transference" the bands seventh LP is in contrast is a much more spikey and clipped album. It is rock music and not pop music and a much darker beast than its predecessor. I could hear the Stones playing "Writing in Reverse" with its guitar riff and dirty bar room piano. Even the most commercial song on here "Got Nuffin" is a ragged, bitter and twisted little number but not really designed to trouble the charts.
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There's just something about Spoon that grabs you and you want to listen over and over. Really interesting and catchy tunes and a completely original sound No collection is complete without at least a couple of Spoons albums.
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Accessible tunes but still quirky enough to stand out as a very good CD. Even better than the last with more consistently better tunes. No duffers.
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New to Spoon. Now have all eight CDs and one EP, all good. One band that, given their output, I don't know how I missed.

Sounds like - later stuff, up to date Squeeze (East Side Story) with an American twist. Earlier stuff, elements of Beck - with more melody.

Off-band - Divine Fits, (some Spoon members) equally overlooked!?!

Now checking out Wolf Parade - sounds like - Arcade Fire done by Squeeze.... which ain't going to happen, so totally original.

There's a common element here (Britt Daniel)..... Jack White isn't alone.
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