Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In addition to being arguably the greatest band named after a piece of cutlery, Spoon is among the best bands working today.
In fact, according to an interesting study on the website Metacritic, which arbiters critical opinion from all media, Austin-based Spoon was the best-reviewed rock band of the Aughts, beating out Radiohead, Wilco, OutKast, Bob Dylan and the White Stripes, among many others.
Their four records from the decade, Kill the Moonlight, Girls Can Tell, Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, were mini-masterpieces of angular, catchy-as-heck, guitar-bass-drums-piano-tambourine-marracas rock.
I came a bit late to the Spoon feeding, but have been devouring their unique brand of rubber soul as fast as I can shovel it down. Like R.E.M. in the 80s, each Spoon record is distinct, showing a natural, thrilling progression, yet together they are very much of a piece.
The 10s (or whatever this decade is called) look to be just as fertile for singer/songwriter/guitarist Britt Daniels & Co. Their latest record, Transference, came out yesterday and sounds like another must-own.
If you are not familiar with Spoon, now is a perfect time to get on board. Here are a few of Rock Turtleneck's favorite Spoon tracks from records past.
"Sister Jack" (Gimme Fiction)
"You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
"I Turn My Camera On" (Gimme Fiction)
"Small Stakes" (Kill the Moonlight)
Buy Transference on iTunes here