Spoon's albums are incredibly detail-oriented. Every note rings out clearly, every arrangement holds together tightly and even the ostensibly chaotic bursts of effects and noise that sometimes punctuate the songs are carefully considered. This aesthetic perfectly complements the band's brilliant records, but has hindered live shows in the past. 2006's Pitchfork performance was a model of stiff competence, hardly embarrassing but not the ideal of what a concert should be.
Judging from Saturday's tremendous show at the Pageant, however, Spoon's live problems are a thing of the past. The band cut loose with natural rock & roll swagger and energy over a set that spanned its past six albums and wowed the enthusiastic crowd.
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