With Kill the Moonlight, Spoon has created yet another brilliant pop record for the college radio crowd.

With Kill the Moonlight, Spoon has created yet another brilliant pop record for the college radio crowd. Too smart for its own good, the band refuses to sit still or bow to trends. After shaking off early-Pixies comparisons, Spoon has sharpened and expanded its pop sensibilities to include a broader range of influences. Britt Daniel's razor-sharp guitar still slices through songs like "All the Pretty Girls Go to the City," but now he's more generous with the space and musicians around him. "Small Stakes" and "The Way We Get By" ride Eggo Johanson's bumpy organ and piano grooves, while handclaps and tambourine add a '70s pop vibe. Daniel's vocals sounds as confident as ever, and drummer Jim Eno and Johanson stir the pot well.—JDF