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  • Summary: The Austin, Tex. indie rockers return with their fourth album, following 2001's critically acclaimed 'Girls Can Tell.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Something much bigger than last year's Girls Can Tell, the breakthrough album skeptics like me took for a fluke peak.
  2. Meticulously choppy and frequently free of inherent genre boundaries, it's an askew masterpiece of brains, brawn, heart, and soul.
  3. If this isn’t a breakthrough album for them that takes them to the top of the heap, seeing them showered with money, women and limos, well, then the consumer and music fan is not doing their job.
  4. 80
    While every cut is identifiably Spoon and the album will satisfy hard-line fans of the band, a fiery R&B element is now a significant component. [#55, p.88]
  5. 80
    Spoon's secret is that this tension is never quite released, the martial beat never breaks down, full rock music never quite kicks in. [Oct 2002, p.120]
  6. Even the album's sparest moments feature Spoon's much-heralded knack with catchy melodies and hooks, even if songs such as "Don't Let It Get You Down" would be even more memorable with a slightly more fleshed-out approach.
  7. With Kill the moonlight, Spoon complete their transformation from ragtag rockers into beat-driven post-punks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Mar 20, 2011
    10
    A near flaw-less album. Kill The Moonlight has amazing tracks. Each track has it's own significant sound that gets better with each listen. Britt Daniel has a great voice and it sounds a lot more different than any other Spoon album. The tracks are catchy and some of the synth beats are wonderful. All In All, Kill The Moonlight is an impeccable album. A Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    [10] Each song on this record is perfectly refined to an unbelievable extent. This album is natural, clean, sleek, powerful, and quite accessible. Although the guitars on this record aren't quite as dynamic as they were in Girls Can Tell, they are balanced with other aspects of production, and everything is executed flawlessly. Track by track, this album delivers amazing quality, and absolutely nothing to dislike. This is one of my few, if not only ten out of ten album. Sure it isn't a revolutionary album, sure it is simple, and almost shows some minimalism, but it is what a perfect album should be. You know it when you find it, and not everyone has the same one. This is Spoon's best album in an ultimately impressive discography. Expand
  3. j30
    Feb 1, 2012
    9
    One of the best pop rock records of the past decade. This was a huge turning point for Spoon commercially and creatively. Kill The Moonlight was Spoon's Kid A. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2010
    8
    Spoon is probably one of the best bands around today. The music is simple but deep, and actually gets better the more you listen to it. My favorite song would have to be The Way We Get By, but almost every other song is good too. Expand

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