You know, there's a reason this is one of the highest rated, straightforward indie rock albums of the last decade. And that reason is the rolling bass rhythms of "Small Stakes". That reason is the piano ditties and sing-a-long chorus of "That's the Way We Get By". That reason is the pomp and circumstance of "Something to Look Forward to". That reason is the mic sex and general mind-glue nature of "Stay Don't Go". That reason is rock 'n' roll's beautiful yet ambiguous style of storytelling in "Jonathan Fisk". That reason is the creepy brewing of "Paper Tiger". That reason is the Billie Joel spirit of "Someone Something". That reason is one of rock's trademarks of leveling with and picking up the everyday man in "Don't Let It Get You Down". That reason is the third-person pursuit of a girl and do-do-dos of "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City". That reason is the short one-track mind, not a second wasted of "You Gotta Feel It". That reason is the hand-claps and lovely strings of "Back To The Life". That reason is in the perfect closing acoustics and lyrical continuity of life and holding on with "Vittorio E". That reason is all those reasons: Kill The Moonlight is the best album from Texas' Spoon, a band that is known for pure, honest quality, release after release. Mind-blowing.
It clocks in at just slightly over 30 minutes, and the band has since become more adventurous with their sound as their budget for albums increases -- but 'Kill The Moonlight' slays. Every song has it's hook and damn do they ever catch, you'll be hard pressed not to get these little indie rock gems stuck in your head. Daniel's lyrics and the song writing are at their peak here, straying from studio tricks and epic inclinations. Songs like 'Small Stakes', 'The Way We Get By', and 'Jonathan Fisk', bring forth your standard verse-chorus-verse structure. But the songs are jam packed with memorable 1 liners, slick guitar riffs, great drumming and keyboard fills. Plus the riffs on 'All The Pretty Girls Go To The City' and 'Something To Look Forward To' are almost too infectious. Spoon came out of the gates swinging with their debut ('Telephono') and continued with a string of great releases. But not until 'Kill The Moonlight', their opus of catchy, concise and intelligent yet accessible rock music, did they understand how to make a complete, fulfilling listen from start to finish -- thankfully they never forgot.