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Though they began their career in the mid-'90s as fine but unremarkable Pixies clones, Spoon have grown into one of the best bands in America, and their mastery over sonics and songcraft grows with each new album. Core members Brit Daniel and Jim Eno have taken a variety of mostly British influences -- the Kinks, Wire, Julian Cope -- and spun them into a distinctive sound that is as American as their hometown of Austin, Texas. Gimme Fiction, Spoon's fifth album, is a closer cousin to the expansive pop of 2001's Girls Can Tell than the stripped-down approach of their last album, Kill the Moonlight. It is also their grooviest yet, exploring a heretofore unseen funky side. Witness the slinky album opener, "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," Spoon's idea of a slow jam, with a reverberating low piano that you can feel all the way down your spine. "Was It You" owes debts to late-'70s new wave with squeltchy synths, pulsing bass, and scratchy guitar lines, and it's hard to hear the lead single, "I Turn My Camera On," without thinking of the Rolling Stones' disco-era hits "Emotional Rescue" and "Miss You" -- both songs are pulled off, with panache and soul. Elsewhere, Spoon are in more familiar rock territory: "The Delicate Place" and "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine" would've fit perfectly on Girls Can Tell, and "Sister Jack" is Gimme Fiction's purest pop moment, with a killer chorus and lyrics that find Daniel remembering time spent in "a drop-D metal band that we called Requiem." Like R.E.M. in the '80s, Spoon seem to be able to do no wrong -- a refreshing constant in the current climate of one-album wonders.
Performance CreditsSpoon Primary Artist
John Palmer Trombone,Trumpet,Saxophone
Eric Bachmann Background Vocals
Mike McCarthy Xylophone,Finger Snapping
Brad Shenfeld Darbouka
Britt Daniel Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Voices,Moog Synthesizer,Kalimba,Shaker,fender rhodes,sleigh bells,Wurlitzer
Ames Asbell Viola
Sara Nelson Cello
Jim Eno Drums,Hi Hat
Joshua Zarbo Bass Guitar
Scott Solter Drums
Technical CreditsJohn Vanderslice Producer,Feedback
Jeff Byrd Live Sound
Mike McCarthy Producer,Engineer
Jim Vollentine Engineer
Britt Daniel Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Sean McCabe Artwork
Jim Eno Producer,Engineer
Scott Solter Producer,Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Spoon is making great top 10 records.That are not going top 10.Poppy singles...still hip enough to capture there early following.I turn my camera on captures spoon pulling out a rock,dance number. Sister Jack sounds like a great Beatles tune....It will be great to see what this band does next.......
SPOON -- "Gimme Fiction" Could you be a little less awesome please? Do you songs really need to be this catchy? Isn't it enough that I"m already addicted to all your other records (I played "Kill the Moonlight" so many times that i literally wore out my CD), but now I have to be addicted to this one too? Give me a break, Spoon. All my other records are jealous now because I don't have time to play them. I might lose my job because I'd rather call in sick and listen to "Gimme Fiction" all day. Thanks a lot, Spoon. You've ruined my life...and I thank you.
Its as if the band that did "Kill The Moonlight" and the one that did "Gimme Fiction" are two different groups. "Gimme Fiction" is pure studio pablum. No edge, and no creativity.
After listening to this album all I wanted to say was, "Gimme somemore Spoon!" It's fun, crazy, and the song writing is really good.
Perfectly written-- every note was thought about. Kick ass guitar & drums... yeah. Spoon is back with a vengeance!
Gimme Fiction is just so good. Its the first album that I have from spoon and its exellant.