Gimme Spoon

Britt Daniel discusses the pride and pressure of rock stardom

No one will mistake Gimme Fiction for What's Going On, but it's still Spoon's most confident record. By juxtaposing art-school ruckus against Daniel's restrained passion, songs such as "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" solidify the band's sound and transcend its past. The track that has everyone talking is "I Turn My Camera On," an icy funk number for which Daniel adopts a breathy falsetto and gets in touch with his inner Prince. It may be Spoon's finest hour, if only because Daniel seems truly untethered for the first time.

Great expectations: Spoon doesn't get (too) hung up on its past successes.
Great expectations: Spoon doesn't get (too) hung up on its past successes.

"I do feel like I know what I'm doing, for the most part, and I trust that my instincts are the right ones," he says. "Then if something goes wrong, then I have no one else to blame but myself. My job only bothers me when things aren't going right. And then it can be overwhelming."

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