BioWhile 2001's critically acclaimed Girls Can Tell captured Spoon's Britt Daniel finding his own voice -- no, not literally going to lost and found, but truly coming into his own as a unique, world-class singer/songwriter -- 2002's Kill the Moonlight shows Daniel and long time musical conspirator Jim Eno destroying the form book and branching into uncharted territory. Recorded in Eno's Austin studio throughout the winter/spring of 2002, Kill the Moonlight is a staggering achievement, with stylistic range and emotional depth far beyond that of prior Spoon works.
From year to year, Spoon have built an impressive, fanatical, international following. Despite some seriously lean years and harsh circumstances (innumerable bass players, being banned from Wyoming until 2004, Daniel's recent brush with death via electrocution), the band has succeeded in constructing its own musical vocabulary and its own creative identity. Whether their commercial success (GCT sold more copies in 2001 than the band's combined back catalogue had managed in 5 years) continues to grow exponentially is far less relevant than what Daniel and Eno are producing in Jim's studio: mind blowing, life affirming rock'n'roll records than are a match for any classic you care to name. Gerard Cosloy