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Deemed by many critics (and many more fans) to be one of the best alternative rock records of the '00s, Kill the Moonlight was a landmark. Recorded by a band that had mastered its sound (lo-fi swagger, cocksure rhythms, Britt Daniel's mercurial crooning), Moonlight was a commercial and artistic success, catapulting Spoon to the heights of indie rock superstardom. (By 2002 that was no longer an oxymoron, thanks to such phenomena as the success of the all-indie soundtrack to The O.C. and the rise of bands like Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.) The jaunty slacker anthem "The Way We Get By" was ubiquitous in TV and movies (including The O.C.), but there's so much more to love here: the barrelhouse piano of "Someone Something," the snotty pub-rock Clash vibes of "Small Stakes," the brash beatboxing of "Stay Don't Go," and the rollicking Beatles nod "You Gotta Feel It." Moonlight injected strutting grooves into a genre known for staring at its feet. It enticed the wallflowers onto the dance floor and showed them how to get down.

Customer Reviews

Holy crap this is good.

Seriously good indie rock. It's as if The Who and The White Stripes had a mutant baby, which they then sent to grow up with an aunt in Texas.

A VERY good time

Spoon's Kill the Moonlight is one heck of an album. It's an all around good time with some extremely good tracks. Stay Don't Go and The Way We Get By are someof the easier to get into, while the deeply saturating Paper Tiger really gets one emotional. But talk about a great album to listen to when your trying not to Let It Get You Down. Spoon's Moonlight is a thorough album, with 5-star quality tracks through-out. Just want a few? Get Stay Dont Go, Don't Let It Get You Down, and Back to the Life -- fun songs, fun album. Check it out

Worth Every Penny

Intelligent, minimalist sounds make this one of my favorite albums of all time. Anyone who enjoys indie rock or pop will probably enjoy this. If you don't want to buy the whole thing, my two picks for favorite tracks are Paper Tiger and The Way We Get By.


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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