Kill the Moonlight

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For the film by Steve Hanft, see Kill the Moonlight (film).
Kill the Moonlight
Kill the Moonlight.jpg
Studio album by Spoon
Released August 20, 2002
Recorded January–March 2002
Genre
Length 34:50
Label Merge Records
Producer
Spoon chronology
Girls Can Tell
(2001)
Kill the Moonlight
(2002)
Gimme Fiction
(2005)

Kill the Moonlight is the fourth album by the rock band Spoon, released on August 20, 2002, to critical acclaim.[3]

Kill the Moonlight had sold roughly 153,000 copies up to December 2009, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[4]

Background[edit]

"The Way We Get By" was released as a single. It was used on the television shows The O.C., Shameless and Hustle as well as in the films Mean Creek, The Puffy Chair and Stranger Than Fiction. "Don't Let It Get You Down" can be heard in the 2005 comedy Waiting....

The song "Jonathon Fisk" is based on a bullying middle school classmate of the songwriter Britt Daniel.[5] According to Daniel, "Fisk" is now a fan of the band, and "came to all of [Spoon's] shows for about two or three years".[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]
Blender 4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment Weekly A[9]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[10]
NME 7/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[12]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[13]
Spin 7/10[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]
The Village Voice A[15]

The album was number 49 on Blender's 100 Greatest Indie Albums list.[16]

The album was number 5 on Rhapsody's "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[17]

The album was number 19 on Pitchfork's "200 Greatest Albums of the '00s".

The album ranked #51 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of the Decade".[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Britt Daniel except where noted.. 

No. Title Length
1. "Small Stakes"   3:00
2. "The Way We Get By"   2:38
3. "Something to Look Forward To" (Daniel, Miles Zuniga) 2:17
4. "Stay Don't Go"   3:35
5. "Jonathon Fisk"   3:15
6. "Paper Tiger"   3:07
7. "Someone Something"   2:48
8. "Don't Let It Get You Down" (Daniel, Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards) 3:29
9. "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City"   3:12
10. "You Gotta Feel It"   1:29
11. "Back to the Life"   2:21
12. "Vittorio E."   3:39
Total length:
34:50

Personnel[edit]

Spoon
Additional Personnel
  • Eggo Johanson - keyboards, piano, tambourine
  • Roman Kuebler - bass guitar
  • Mike McCarthy - 12 string guitar
  • Brad Shenfield - dabouke
  • Mike Clayton - bass guitar
  • Matt Brown - saxophone

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard Top Independent Albums 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (September 2002). "Spoon, 'Kill the Moonlight' (Merge)". Spin 18 (9). Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Spoon Kill the Moonlight". Exclaim!. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kill The Moonlight at MetaCritic
  4. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  5. ^ a b Lorelei Sharkey, "Playing Spoon", Nerve.com
  6. ^ "Reviews for Kill The Moonlight by Spoon". Metacritic. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Kill the Moonlight – Spoon". AllMusic. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Spoon: Kill the Moonlight". Blender (9): 155. September 2002. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (August 16, 2002). "Kill the Moonlight". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Bronson, Kevin (August 18, 2002). "An Unpoetic Start to the Revolution". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Spoon: Kill the Moonlight". NME: 38. September 21, 2002. 
  12. ^ Carr, Eric (August 14, 2000). "Spoon: Kill the Moonlight". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (September 5, 2002). "Spoon: Kill The Moonlight". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Spoon: Kill the Moonlight". Uncut (65): 120. October 2002. 
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 10, 2002). "Consumer Guide: A Very Good Year". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ Blender picks the best 100 indie rock albums ever
  17. ^ "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  18. ^ Rolling Stone (2011-07-19). "Introducing Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-02-27.