Kill the Moonlight

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Coming just a year and a half after their triumphant return Girls Can Tell, Kill the Moonlight isn't so much a step backward as a step sideways, almost like a breather after the emotional and musical intensity of their previous album. It isn't surprising, really, that the group would choose to follow such a cathartic album as Girls Can Tell with a colllection of tougher, leaner and meaner songs like "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City," which sounds like the inverse of Girls' "Everything Hits At Once"; "The Way We Get By," a prime example of Spoon's smart, nervy rock; or the spare, spooky pop of "Paper Tiger" and "Someone Something." It is somewhat surprising, however, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Coming just a year and a half after their triumphant return Girls Can Tell, Kill the Moonlight isn't so much a step backward as a step sideways, almost like a breather after the emotional and musical intensity of their previous album. It isn't surprising, really, that the group would choose to follow such a cathartic album as Girls Can Tell with a colllection of tougher, leaner and meaner songs like "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City," which sounds like the inverse of Girls' "Everything Hits At Once"; "The Way We Get By," a prime example of Spoon's smart, nervy rock; or the spare, spooky pop of "Paper Tiger" and "Someone Something." It is somewhat surprising, however, that Spoon managed to pare down their sound even more on Kill the Moonlight -- tracks such as "Small Stakes" and "Something to Look Forward To" are so stripped-down and sculpted that they're practically aerodynamic; the only problem is that they don't always take off from there. Still, even the album's sparest moments feature Spoon's much-heralded knack with catchy melodies and hooks, even if songs such as "Don't Let it Get You Down" would be even more memorable with a slightly more fleshed-out approach. Hints of this appear on the songs with unique production twists, such as "Stay Don't Go," which sports a human beatbox rhythm, on the distant backing vocals and baritone saxes of "You Gotta Feel It" and on the album closer, "Vittorio E.," an undulating, vaguely psychedelic ballad that finally gives the band's playing and songwriting the full treatment they deserve. Though the album's brittle immediacy is far from a disappointment, and the quick turnaround between Kill the Moonlight and their previous one is a treat for Spoon fans, one can't help but notice that this album just isn't as revelatory as Girls Can Tell. But even if the artistic course Spoon seems to be plotting is two steps forward, one step back, it's more than rewarding enough to enjoy every stop on the journey.
Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
Groups such as the Liars and Radio 4 mine similar territory, but Spoon put a gentlemanly spin on the sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 036172951512
  • Catalog Number: 29515

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spoon Primary Artist
John Clayton Bass Guitar
Mike McCarthy 12-string Guitar
Brad Shenfeld Darbouka
Britt Daniel Guitar, Vocals
Jim Eno Drums
Joshua Zarbo Bass Guitar
Matt Brown Saxophone
Roman Kuebler Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
Mel Larson Composer
Jerry Marcellino Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Robbie Adams Engineer
Mike McCarthy Producer, Engineer
Britt Daniel Producer, Engineer
Jim Eno Producer, Engineer
E. Ritt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outdoes McCartney

    This group uses driving rythm and simple harmony at a genius level to beat McCartney at his own game. Well executed and inventive.

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