Spoon and Rafter

Spoon and Rafter

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by Mojave 3
     
 

Who expected a big stylistic turnabout? Probably nobody. Is there a big stylistic turnabout? Of course not. Album number four, Spoon and Rafter, is merely another worthy addition to the discography of Mojave 3, whose Neil Halstead is steadily building a swelling stockpile of charming, bittersweet,…  See more details below

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Who expected a big stylistic turnabout? Probably nobody. Is there a big stylistic turnabout? Of course not. Album number four, Spoon and Rafter, is merely another worthy addition to the discography of Mojave 3, whose Neil Halstead is steadily building a swelling stockpile of charming, bittersweet, easygoing songs that warrant almost all of the comparisons -- to icons of '60s British folk and American country-rock alike -- that have been drawn throughout the years. Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but bassist Rachel Goswell plays her most reduced role to date, chiming in, as always, with invaluable background vocals, yet she contributes no lead turns this time -- not even one. This one irritating issue does contradict the fact that the album feels more like a natural and collaborative effort than the others. Perhaps that feel has something to do with the fact that it was recorded in their new studio, allowing them to work at their own pace. The songs remain simple, yet the interplay between the instruments is more intricate and lively than before, with minor touches -- twinkles of glockenspiel, splashes of Moog, quivers of theremin -- falling with ease into the snug mix. As consistent as the group has been with its sound since its second album, the feather-light debut is beginning to seem more and more like Slowdive's swan song. In fact, there are such minor differences between the records that have followed since that debut that most will only feel the need to hold on to one of them. Still, Spoon and Rafter has no trouble making Ryan Adams seem like more of a farce than he already is, and it's deserving of at least half of the attention given to anything released by Wilco.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
4ad / Ada
UPC:
0652637230925
catalogNumber:
72309

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mojave 3   Primary Artist
Rachel Goswell   Bass,Vocals
Neil Halstead   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ian McCutcheon   Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Melodica,Moog Synthesizer
Mark Van Hoen   Bass,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Alan Forrester   Piano,Hammond Organ,Moog Synthesizer,Noise
Simon Rowe   Electric Guitar
Simon Wolfisch   Cello
Melvin Rufty   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar
Coley Park   Background Vocals,Spoons,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Neil Halstead   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ian McCutcheon   Composer,Engineer
Mark Van Hoen   Producer,Engineer,Computer Consultant
Alan Forrester   Composer,Engineer

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Spoon and Rafter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some may like the earlier Mazzy Star like work but this is much more full of life. Less English drone and more rock, more country, more rhythm. This is a fabulous disc. This was the first one I heard by Mojave 3 and have sought out others (minus the most recent). It may be thier best. I can t wait to listen to the new one.