Gimme Fiction [Bonus CD]

Gimme Fiction [Bonus CD]

by SpoonSpoon


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Though they began their career in the mid-'90s as fine but unremarkable Pixies clones, Spoon have grown into one of the best bands in America, and their mastery over sonics and songcraft grows with each new album. Core members Brit Daniel and Jim Eno have taken a variety of mostly British influences -- the Kinks, Wire, Julian Cope -- and spun them into a distinctive sound that is as American as their hometown of Austin, Texas. Gimme Fiction, Spoon's fifth album, is a closer cousin to the expansive pop of 2001's Girls Can Tell than the stripped-down approach of their last album, Kill the Moonlight. It is also their grooviest yet, exploring a heretofore unseen funky side. Witness the slinky album opener, "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," Spoon's idea of a slow jam, with a reverberating low piano that you can feel all the way down your spine. "Was It You" owes debts to late-'70s new wave with squeltchy synths, pulsing bass, and scratchy guitar lines, and it's hard to hear the lead single, "I Turn My Camera On," without thinking of the Rolling Stones' disco-era hits "Emotional Rescue" and "Miss You" -- both songs are pulled off, with panache and soul. Elsewhere, Spoon are in more familiar rock territory: "The Delicate Place" and "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine" would've fit perfectly on Girls Can Tell, and "Sister Jack" is Gimme Fiction's purest pop moment, with a killer chorus and lyrics that find Daniel remembering time spent in "a drop-D metal band that we called Requiem." Like R.E.M. in the '80s, Spoon seem to be able to do no wrong -- a refreshing constant in the current climate of one-album wonders.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0036172956524
catalogNumber: 565
Rank: 40274

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spoon   Primary Artist
John Palmer   Trombone,Trumpet,Saxophone
Eric Bachmann   Background Vocals
Mike McCarthy   Xylophone,Finger Snapping
Brad Shenfeld   Darbouka
Britt Daniel   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Voices,Moog Synthesizer,Kalimba,Shaker,fender rhodes,sleigh bells,Wurlitzer
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Jim Eno   Drums,Hi Hat
Joshua Zarbo   Bass Guitar
Scott Solter   Drums

Technical Credits

John Vanderslice   Producer,Feedback
Jeff Byrd   Live Sound
Mike McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
Jim Vollentine   Engineer
Britt Daniel   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Sean McCabe   Artwork
Jim Eno   Producer,Engineer
Scott Solter   Producer,Engineer

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