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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Neil Halstead-fronted band, who have taken on a more alt-country feel since their origins in Slowdive.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Spoon and Rafter has no trouble making Ryan Adams seem like more of a farce than he already is, and it's deserving of at least half of the attention given to anything released by Wilco.
  2. The melodies are hauntingly memorable; the band is smart enough to add just enough supporting touches to augment and support, without ever threatening to overwhelm.
  3. 80
    Represents a major leap forward. [Nov 2003, p.130]
  4. The songs here are full of life, moving freely, focused without being bare and controlled without being uptight.
  5. 70
    Frequently utterly mesmerising. [Nov 2003, p.124]
  6. An album so dreamy, ethereal, and sublime you'll hardly even notice it is on the turntable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. jeremys
    Oct 3, 2003
    mojave 3 seems to come together, most focussed and textured cd yet. dreamy countrysides & puffy clouds.. woo!
  2. StevenM
    Oct 27, 2004
    I just recently bought this album on a whim. I just randomly picked a cd that looked interesting, and personally I think it's one of the most amazing cd's I have ever heard in my life, I would rate spoon and rafter among one of my all time favourite bands now. Expand
  3. andrewf.
    Nov 2, 2005
    this is a simple, harmonious, truly delightful album. it's melancholic opening tune paves the pathway to a track listing that just makes you smile. excellent production yields a spcaey earthy feeling combining subtle guitar work, timely drumming, and goswell's perfect vocal interjections. best played while quietly contemplating turning leaves on an autumn day with ear swallowing headphones. a grossly underated album. Expand