Kill The Moonlight

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2002
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Moonlight, which grows more and more likeable with repeated listens, is Spoon's strongest effort yet, topping 2001's Girls Can Tell and even 1998's A Series of Sneaks.
  2. Spoon's latest is their magnum opus to date; it takes a scalpel to the highlight reel of their career, cutting and pasting a 35-minute tour de force that ends too soon.
  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. 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.
  5. Built mainly of solitary guitar/keyboard figures and elementary rhythm parts, the songs are too direct for this to be Daniel's Kid A, but he's obviously enjoying tweaking people's expectations.
  6. Something much bigger than last year's Girls Can Tell, the breakthrough album skeptics like me took for a fluke peak.
  7. Meticulously choppy and frequently free of inherent genre boundaries, it's an askew masterpiece of brains, brawn, heart, and soul.
  8. 100
    Spoon rebounds from the insurmountable challenge of following up the colossally brilliant Girls Can Tell with an equally impeccable album.
  9. Will be among many year-end best-of lists, and deservingly so.
  10. This is simple music, driving music, perfect music for getting a good bath from the asinine perils of nu-metal and modern rock.
  11. The complexity and depth of the songs has increased; the band sounds less like they're trying to channel The Pixies, and more like they're reaching toward the sublime.
  12. Yet another brilliant pop record for the college radio crowd.
  13. It’s that rare record that’s equal parts innovation and familiarity, or what one might refer to as a perfectly designed and executed experiment in indie aesthetics.
  14. Daniel diminishes his melodies to fit the demands of arty cadence throughout Kill The Moonlight's first half, which makes the more generously melodic second side not just welcome, but inspiring.
  15. The arrangements, referencing indie-rock more than participating in it, pile on heft to the small-life tragedies: Matt Brown's sax toughens up Spoon's welterweight ranking, while [Eggo] Johanson's piano gives it roots, rag, and bonus rhythm.
  16. 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]
  17. 80
    Singer-songwriter Britt Daniel's gift for obtuse yet engaging melody is now where it ought to be: up front. [#9, p.155]
  18. Could be the Strokes in 10 years--if they work hard. [Listen 2 This Supplement, Aug 2002, p.14]
  19. 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]
  20. 70
    The result is indie-rock as passive-aggressive blues implosion. [Sep 2002, p.128]
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  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.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 Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    Simple. Spacious. Airy. Light. These adjectives were some of many used by fans and critics alike to describe Spoon's 2002 magnum opus "KillSimple. Spacious. Airy. Light. These adjectives were some of many used by fans and critics alike to describe Spoon's 2002 magnum opus "Kill the Moonlight," yet the record proves upon closer examination to be a good bit more than meets the eye. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. 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[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. Full Review »