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Kill The Moonlight

by Spoon
Kill The Moonlight by Spoon
Released: Aug 2002
Label: Merge Records
The only unconvincing part of this album is when Britt Daniel coyly claims, "We rarely practice discern." It's a little hard to believe him when it's the self-control, subtlety and simplicity that make Kill the Moonlight prickle and pop. Spoon take elements that are often just sprinkled in for effect and make them key ingredients. Flittering synths, staccato piano chords, tambourine jingles, hand claps, drumstick taps and a human beatbox make standouts like "The Way We Get By," "Stay Don't Go" and "Paper Tiger" both sticky and sweet -- ear candy you don't feel guilty asking for more of.
Stephanie Benson
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