Spoon, Deerhunter, Micachu & the Shapes | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Spoon, Deerhunter, Micachu & the Shapes All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., April 1, 6 p.m. 2010
Price: $27.50
Though I like Transference (Merge), Spoon's seventh and latest album, it's the first where they seem to be treading water. Sometimes they try to jostle their sound into a new configuration—the openings of "Before Destruction" and "Trouble Comes Running," for instance, are calculatedly lo-fi, in contrast to the top-shelf production elsewhere—but those efforts mostly just draw attention to themselves. Though the arrangements behind Britt Daniel's austere melodies remain taut, elegant, and minimal—as though they were made by paring down instead of building up—the fleeting guitar and keyboard licks that have always popped in and out of the band's music now seem to arrive according to a schedule. All that said, sometimes the Spoon formula is still irresistible: on "Written in Reverse" Daniel's voice circles carefully around a seesawing groove, his constantly shifting rhythms playing off the razor-sharp backbeat. I just wish I noticed the songs more than the formula. —Peter Margasak



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