Personnel: Britt Daniel (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, bass guitar, kalimba, shaker, tambourine, sleigh bell, sound effects); Ames Asbell (viola); Sara Nelson (cello); John Palmer (saxophone, trumpet, trombone); Mike McCarthy (xylophone); Joshua Zarbo (bass guitar); Jim Eno (drums, hi-hat); Scott Solter (drums); Eric Bachmann (background vocals).
Photographer: Marika Ripke.
Spoon are purveyors of a stylish brand of indie rock bearing equal doses of sexy attitude and immediately accessible songcraft. GIMME FICTION has a fair bit in common with 2002's KILL THE MOONLIGHT, synthesizing influences that include everyone from the Beatles to Pavement into an appealing, soulful package. Yet GIMME FICTION is decidedly more polished and intimate than its predecessor, and it boasts a stronger batch of songs. There are dashes of retro mood, too. The opener, "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," has the feel of a minor-key glam epic on the order of David Bowie or Marc Bolan, while the chiming, harmony-heavy "Sister Jack" recalls the high-flying folk-rock of the Byrds.
For the most part, Spoon turns down the guitars on this album, in favor of clean, gentle melodicism. The beautiful "I Summon You," for example, centers on a strummed acoustic guitar and a thumping drum beat to summon its nostalgic, romantic theme. Pop hooks--the Austin, TX band's strongest suit--abound on the swaying melody of "Two Sides/Monsieur Valentine" (complete with accompanying strings), the falsetto-graced groove of "I Turn My Camera On," and the aforementioned "Sister Jack." GIMME FICTION is one of the strongest albums from this revered indie-rock act.
Rolling Stone (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[R]etro-leaning piano melodies, simple two-beat rhythms and Britt Daniel's cocky, deadpan vocals."
Spin (p.62) - Ranked #24 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Rarely less than decent, they're suddenly untouchable for life."
Spin (p.103) - "FICTION is less nervous than its predecessors but emotionally knottier..." - Grade: B-
Uncut (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A]n artfully ambitious return to form, with songwriter Britt Daniel shadowboxing mystery and misperception amid enigmatically cool melodies, feedback washes and sound effects."
Magnet (p.52) - Ranked #14 in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2005" - "Spoon's minimalist tendencies give ground to a broader palette of sounds, but the band continues to get under your skin."
Magnet (p.111) - "The music's percussive pulse builds to choruses so pointed they could penetrate asphalt."
an excellent album from spoon, who are really excting to listen to i find, because they use unique instruments mixed all together, and have some vocals which differ to a lot of the stuff out there. they also have some nice lyrics. this is one of my fave spoon albums, i love the song Sister Jack, builds to a nice climax
gimme fiction is a really nice, upbeat indie rock album form the band spoon. my favourite tracks on here are i turn my camera on, My Mathematical Mind, sister jackand i summon you. if you love to bop along to catchy tunes then you chould check out the band spoon and this album, its great.
this is a really wicked albuym for all those spoon fans to get and enjoy. i love so many of th songs on here, such as Sister Jack, which has a really cool beat and lyrics, and really makes me wanto to sing along! good buy for all those who like alterative rock and a bit of indie mixed together, wicked cd.
good album by spoon, who i am quite a fan of. sister jack is a really interesting song with an interesting beat, and is probably my fave on the album. this si a good album to lax out to or put on at a party or sumthing. a good buy for those of you who are previous fans of spoon.
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