Spoon – Kill the Moonlight

Kill the Moonlight

This is the fourth release from Spoon who hail from the glorious State of Texas, which has given the music listening public many underecognized great bands. Spoon has clearly been making a point to be mentioned among some of the best coming out of the Lone Star State, and this CD most likely will cement them in this status. This is a departure from their previous releases, which had a fuller sound to them, while this uses minimalism the best it can. Spoon were a band that were on the verge of breaking into the mainstream untill some well-documented unfortunate events with the record labels stopped this from happening. This record shows that the band can reach great power in the music and with the right backing can create quite a stir, if people pick up on it.
“Small Stakes” begins the disc with some minimal keyboard and synth noises that add an eerie sound to the background. This song uses its minimalism to full affect, and it creates quite a buzz in the head of the listener that will stick with them after listening. “The Way We Get By” follows this up with one of the best performances on the disc where everything falls nicely into place with handclaps and a good piano melody. Singer/songwriter Britt Daniel takes on a fake British accent and phrasing on this song that lends itself well to the underlying Beatles-like tune. “Something to Look Forward To” is a jumpy tune with slight punk/new-wave influences hinted at through it all. Daniel sounds like he is pleading to somebody, and that will leave the listener feeling the anticipation of what is to come for the person in the song.
“Paper Tiger” is another good use of minimalism that uses some different effects and synth bleeps to carry it along. Daniel is again very intriguing with his fake accent and nasally tone. “Someone Something” jumps and hops along as it goes with a neat piano and nicely placed drum fills to fill the sound out. It is a rather infectious performance that sticks with you as well and will have you humming the melody along with it. “All the Pretty Girls” is another fun song highlighted by good piano work that mimics the vocal lines. There’s also good infrequent biting guitar work that add a different dynamic to the recording, which is used rather seldomly.
This record could very easily be the highlight of their output seeing as it is incredibly solid all around. Daniel and band have changed the sound enough to keep everything fresh and evolving, which is very good to hear. It is always nice to see a band take that next step, and that is what Spoon have accomplished by recording this disc. There is not one bad song on this disc; on occasion the flow might be interrupted, but it quickly picks itself back up. This is a truly great record that I am sure will be among many year-end best-of lists, and deservingly so. There are very few CDs that will stun me everytime I hear it, but this is one of those. Now I hope the music-buying public will pick up on that.