Music Features

How Spoon Deals with Being a Critical Darling

Jim Eno, drummer for indie stars Spoon, reveals some insider knowledge about the creation of "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," the opening track from their fantastic 2005 album Gimme Fiction. It's a peek behind the curtain of how the Austin-based band constructs an album. Once privy to the information, you may feel as though the shine has dulled a bit on the amazing trick that the track manages to pull off, but it also manages to somehow make the quintet, and the way it consistently has crafted quality records for more than 20 years, seem even cooler.

"When we were recording Gimme Fiction, ["Adored"] was the last song Britt [Daniel, frontman] brought in," Eno says, "which makes sense because he was referencing all the other songs. It was a cool one to get last on the recording side and to have it first on the record. Basically, it sets all the songs forward from that point."

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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