• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Aug 20, 2002
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 88
  2. Negative: 3 out of 88

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  1. 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[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. Collapse
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  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.
  5. HügoT
    May 8, 2007
    9
    I cant agreeeeee with Entertainment Weekly that ''Could be the Strokes in 10 years--if they work hard.'', absolute rubish they saying!!As you can see bands quality doesn't slope down at all, contrary to The Strokes, yes they're not bad post-punk group, but it doesn't look like to me very much that, they are able to repeat their success with Is This It.?. I cant agreeeeee with Entertainment Weekly that ''Could be the Strokes in 10 years--if they work hard.'', absolute rubish they saying!!As you can see bands quality doesn't slope down at all, contrary to The Strokes, yes they're not bad post-punk group, but it doesn't look like to me very much that, they are able to repeat their success with Is This It.?. In fact it is getting worse with every next album.....thats true, objectively!!Next time you better think twice before you start comparing classic rock band with repetitive post-punk average...... Expand
  6. ElliotW
    Oct 13, 2006
    10
    Ha! Rolling Stone and Spin panned this album. Lesson be learned kiddies, those mags are trash.
  7. JeremyL
    Aug 5, 2006
    10
    Man, is this album awesome A brilliant masterpiece and Spoon at the top of their form
  8. JimE
    Jul 10, 2006
    2
    a waste of money
  9. reid
    Jul 7, 2006
    9
    really really good
  10. ralph
    Oct 30, 2005
    9
    wonderful stuff ...where have these guys been hiding ?
  11. ChelseaD
    Jun 11, 2005
    10
    Whoever said that they'd take Bright Eyes over Spoon needs to listen to this album a little more, the two sound absolutely nothing to do with each other (except for the Home EP, and them joining Saddle Creek to release an EP[s?]) musically. This is one of my favorite albums in recent years from one of my favorite bands, not as good as Girls Can Tell, but it'll take a complete Whoever said that they'd take Bright Eyes over Spoon needs to listen to this album a little more, the two sound absolutely nothing to do with each other (except for the Home EP, and them joining Saddle Creek to release an EP[s?]) musically. This is one of my favorite albums in recent years from one of my favorite bands, not as good as Girls Can Tell, but it'll take a complete masterpiece to top that one (as it was, a masterpiece). Expand
  12. JacquesD
    May 26, 2005
    9
    One of the most elemental and sparse records out there. And what a voice on Daniel. Not post-punk, just plain old rock and roll.
  13. AmyG.
    Mar 20, 2005
    10
    Spare and minimal, yet almost impossibly warm, with solid songwriting and perfect arrangements. Britt Daniel is one of the great all-time rock vocalists.
  14. mikep
    Feb 23, 2005
    10
    Its great i skate to this music
  15. ellenv
    Sep 7, 2004
    10
    Today I remembered spoon and forgot everything else.
  16. DrewQ
    Jan 14, 2004
    10
    F***in' awesome, and that's all I can say
  17. JeremyG
    Jan 4, 2004
    10
    Undeniable songcraft. The fact that they could make something with the emotional heft of 'Paper Tiger' using such a sparse arrangement is a testament to Spoon's immense talent. Similarly, the other songs on this album prove the old adage 'less is more' to be completely true.
  18. DomS.
    Aug 8, 2003
    9
    Fans of "Series of Sneaks" could possibly be put off by this disc, as many were in "Girls Can Tell." But they won't. Everything Spoon stands for wretches out of this record in full, bare, stank-filled glory. God bless you, Britt Daniels. Call me.
  19. HannahB
    Aug 4, 2003
    9
    Awesome! Spoon breaks away from the mainstream, yet maintains catchy quality songs.
  20. MatthewS
    Jun 25, 2003
    9
    A wonderful collection of catchy, scratchy, minimalist songs that just plain work.
  21. Anthony
    Feb 27, 2003
    8
    Breathing life into the rotting corpse of indie rock.
  22. JasonD
    Feb 19, 2003
    10
    great!
  23. Dan
    Feb 13, 2003
    9
    Although not as good as "A Series of Sneaks", still a excellent and catchy album.
  24. MikeB.
    Oct 2, 2002
    5
    Thin premises for songs stretched too far to be more than diverting.
  25. JulianE.
    Sep 5, 2002
    9
    I have just bought this - it could be a 10 in no time at all! How can something so minimalist and strutting contain so much feeling and spirit? This latest outburst of rock creativity (strokes, stripes etc) finds its new peak - may it roll on.
  26. TeddA.
    Sep 2, 2002
    8
    Great guitar indie.
  27. SagacityRecords
    Aug 27, 2002
    7
    Pretty good, but give me Bright Eyes over Spoon anyday.
  28. BrianG.
    Aug 23, 2002
    10
    Spoon finally realize the full potential of their Elvis Costelloesque roots with Kill the Moonlight. Fans of Girls Can Tell should run, not walk to pick this album up.
  29. JosephS.
    Aug 19, 2002
    10
    Brilliant follow-up to last year's magnificent 'Girls Can Tell.' Great collection of toe-tappers and ballads. 2002 is shaping up to be a great year in music.
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 80
    Singer-songwriter Britt Daniel's gift for obtuse yet engaging melody is now where it ought to be: up front. [#9, p.155]
  2. Meticulously choppy and frequently free of inherent genre boundaries, it's an askew masterpiece of brains, brawn, heart, and soul.
  3. 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]