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Editors’ Notes

The Austin, Texas duo of guitarist-pianist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno have been together since 1994, and have slowly learned to create a singular, identifiable sound that's much larger than the garage-rock minimalism of most recent dynamic duos. They've evolved with a dark dramatic game of songwriting that relies on ominous pounding chords, stretches of instrumental dissonance, and a stiff funk that threatens to run off the track. Their fifth album, Gimme Fiction is a strong follows up 2002's breakthrough, Kill the Moonlight. "I Turn My Camera On" sports a mock falsetto from the Jagger-Beck school of vocal affectation, while "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" imagines what the Fall's Mark E. Smith might sound like if he weren't tone deaf. In the end, Spoon's quirky arrangements add spice, but it's the hummable melodies underneath their tough exterior that worm their way into your subconscious and heart.

Customer Reviews

Gimme more!

It's hard to believe that Spoon are from Austin, Texas, "Gimme Fiction" sounds like it came straight outta England via a time machine. If you close your eyes and listen to "I Turn My Camera On" you can almost see Mick Jagger strutting around the stage; "My Mathmatical Mind" reminds me of Oasis channelling the spirit of The Beatles; "Beast and Dragon" could have been sung by Marc Bolan or David Bowie. This is an eclectic mix that always seems to work. Every song is listenable with catchy hooks and nothing feels like filler. Altogether a top-notch effort! If Spoon keep this up, they may join the ranks of the great musicians they so obviously admire.

One of the best CDs I've ever purchased...

Every now and then, I come across (or am recommended) one of those fantastic records that smack quality and inventiveness. Gimme Fiction is one such album. There is, quite literally, not a single "bad" song on here, and all of them reflect intelligent songwriting and a subtle yet complex musical structure, all while keeping everything very "chill." Definitely a must-buy, and if you get the chance, see them live--I did, at Austin City Limits 2005, and it was well worth it.

How These guys aren't HUGE.....

is totally beyond me. ESPECIALLY since they're only two guys. Parts of the album are so well done, it's almost orchestral, and the vocals are nothing less than flawless. He sounds almost afraid in some songs, confident in others, and downright smooth in others still. The guitar and beat box funk sets up a hypnotic groove that grabs and never lets go.While neither of them are astounding musicians, they are perfect songwriters and the collaboration that goes into a band like this is awe-inspiring This is an amazing album, and so are all of their other ones. So, I encourage you, go ahead, get hooked.


Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock (the band has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Pixies and Sonic Youth to Elvis Costello and Tom Petty), enigmatic, Texas-based indie pop outfit Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of the genre's premier commercially and critically acclaimed alternative rock acts. Formed in Austin by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon released its debut EP, Nefarious, on the small Texas imprint Fluffer Records...
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