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  • Summary: Mike McCarthy returns as producer for the Britt Daniel-led band's varied follow-up to their acclaimed 2002 outing 'Kill The Moonlight.' Spoon fans will not be disappointed.

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I Turn My Camera On
I turn my camera on I cut my fingers on the way The way I'm slippin away I turn my feelings off Y'made me untouchable for life And you wasn't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. What sticks out most about Spoon, five albums in, is how singular they sound, like a jut of brilliant rock standing unfazed by crashing tides of trends and hopeful hype.
  2. PopMatters
    90
    Review #1: The sound of Gimme Fiction is as ideal a conceptualization of the band as could be imagined. [score=100]; Review #2: "Gimme Fiction" has a sense of mischief and curiosity that renders it more consistently varied and just plain more listenable than "Moonlight". [score=80]
  3. Though I can imagine putting this on at year's end and remembering every song with a kind of surprised admiration, I can't imagine doing it any sooner--or any later either.
  4. It torpedoes the often-justifiable notion that Spoon's music feels like it was made with safety in mind, and that its far-and-wide excursions are just that--temporary steps away from a safe, solid path.
  5. Nearly every song comes off as unassuming in its rightful place. Each track has a designed role, and for that reason you won’t need to use the skip button.
  6. Magnet
    50
    A quartet of droney sameness [in the second half] essentially grinds Moonlight's funkiest ingredients into a sluggish, repetitive pulp. [#68, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    Every person who likes rock should own this album. Dark, polished, concise, crafty, witty. Is it Britt Daniel or John Lennon singing on thisEvery person who likes rock should own this album. Dark, polished, concise, crafty, witty. Is it Britt Daniel or John Lennon singing on this album? Man, does he have a great voice! All songs on this album are amazing. Great guitar riffs and pop classic feel to this album. My favorite Spoon song is on this album... I Summon You. This is my favorite Spoon album (that is saying a lot), one of the decade's best overall. Expand
  2. WarrenP
    May 14, 2005
    10
    Spoon is awesome!
  3. RyanL
    Jul 7, 2005
    10
    Loved the entire thing
  4. DrewK
    Jul 14, 2005
    9
    The best album that Wilco never made.
  5. TheCritic
    Jul 10, 2006
    9
    Good cd... Haven't yet gotten their 1st of 2nd but they are probably good considering that I liked this one and they got better reviews Good cd... Haven't yet gotten their 1st of 2nd but they are probably good considering that I liked this one and they got better reviews then this one. I agree with Steve's review... the last few songs are forgetable unless you listen to them over and over again... almost like a Radiohead cd (except with much more... unweird... vocals. Radiohead is also one of my favorite bands!). So overall a very good cd that you should definately pick up. a quick song analysis: #1 The Beast and Dragon, Adored: a pop song on the weirder side. Still a decent song. #2 The Two Sides/Monseiur Valentine: A very good song. One of the cd's best. I love the piano with the guitar #3 I Turn my Camera On: Surprisingly, it's not one of my favorites... Not my style. It's almost a candy coated song. Still a decent song however. #4 My Mathematical Mind: Very unique piano. A good song plus they do it well live (see Austin City Limits on PBS). #5 The Delicate Place: Almost a Beatles sounding song until the guitar at the end that sounds like a Radiohead solo. A good track. #6 Sister Jack: the cd's most rockiest track, it's one of the cd's best tunes. I love the lyrics... especially the Drop D metal band! #7 I Summon You: Heard it on myspace and it originally was one of my favorites. I love the guitar... don't know if it is effects on an acousitc or a classical guitar but it sounds good with the drum beat. #8 The Infinate Pet: I like this song a lot though it is kind of weird. It has a lot of piano sort of like a Radiohead Kid A song. #9 Was it You?: Probably the worst on the cd... Where the album starts losing it's greatness. #10 They Never Got You: Another weak track... still it's sound surpasses Was It You?. #11 Merchants of Soul: Thankfully, in my opinion, Gimmie Fiction ends on a good note with this one. It is a good song that sounds kind of like a Raising the Fawn song. Well there it is. Overall it is a good cd 9 stars Expand
  6. Gazcomsat
    Jul 17, 2005
    8
    I've never heard any previous Spoon albums and really only decided to take a chance on this because of the really good reviews the album I've never heard any previous Spoon albums and really only decided to take a chance on this because of the really good reviews the album got. I wasn't disappointed,"Gimme Fiction" is a really good Cd and deserves the score it achieved. The tracks are quite diverse which in itself make Spoon very hard to pigeon-hole in any particular genre. There are a few tracks I haven't immediately taken to (some could have done with finishing 2 or 3 minutes earlier) but tracks such as "Sister Jack" "I summon you" and "The two sides/Monsieur Valentine" are just indredible. If you do buy this album, do yourself a favour and get the one with the bonus Cd if only for the demo versions of "Sister Jack" and "I summon you" which are excellent. Expand
  7. ElizabethP
    Sep 27, 2005
    2
    This cd is the most disappointing album since Bloc Party's "Silent Alarm." There are only 2 songs that are good: "Weight of the World" This cd is the most disappointing album since Bloc Party's "Silent Alarm." There are only 2 songs that are good: "Weight of the World" and "Camera." Don't buy this! You will be SOOOOOOOO disappointed! Don't throw your money away! Expand

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