Posts Tagged ‘Spoon’

The Top Ten Record Makers of Today

April 5, 2010

As we enter this new decade, it is already apparent that in the rock production world, a changing of the guard is at hand. There is a whole new batch of producers, engineers, songwriters and arrangers that are setting a new standard for music today, and thanks to them, it seems we’ll have many more years of memorable tune-age to expect. This list compiles the people who, in my mind, currently stand out as the ones to watch, for their future potential as much as their already impressive achievements. (more…)

Listening Log: February 28th 2010

March 1, 2010

Merge 2001


Album of the Day: Spoon Girls Can Tell

Still one of my favorite Spoon records, “Girls Can Tell” is about the closest Spoon will ever get to a perfect record. It often ties with “Kill the Moonlight” in my mind as their best. “Girls” is a little more multi-faceted than “Moonlight”, though—going from perfect, laid-back ditties like “Lines in the Suit” to pummeling Zeppelin-esque rockers like “The Fitted Shirt” in just one fell swoop, the album is textured in its dynamics and it makes for a freakin’ journey. “Chicago at Night” is one of the band’s best songs, and a perfect closer to a dark and richly layered album. (more…)

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 50 Albums of the Decade (part 2)

January 2, 2010

Now to finish it off!

25. BjorkSelmasongs (2000)

Like the film Dancer in the Dark did for the musical, “In the Musicals” reinvents the musical number. It has all the rising, uplifting trajectory of the best Rogers & Hammerstein tunes without being cheesy and overbearing like those were. Sure, musicals were the thing back in the forties, but it can be safely said that their popularity and credibility are slipping these days. (more…)

The Top 100 Albums of the Decade (part 7)

December 16, 2009

Some may notice this post is a little belated…let’s just say any week your band gets to open for KISS is automatically the most hectic week you’ve ever had in your life, times a million.

No matter–it will take some picking up of the general pace, but all the reviews WILL be written by Dec 30th, and the FINAL LIST will be posted on the 31st. So, let’s get back to it, shall we?

Spoon—Kill the Moonlight
Merge, 2002

Remember how many memorable riffs Led Zeppelin II had? “Whole Lotta Love”, “The Lemon Song”, “Thank You”, “Heartbreaker”, “Ramble On”… It’s not even their best album, yet it contains a ton of the more iconic tunes of the 1970’s. Kill the Moonlight is that album for the 2000’s, and the best album so far from Spoon. (more…)

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