At Fox Theater last night, Spoon poured out the feeling and power that has captured the ears of fans for the last 16 years. At the bittersweet conclusion of the group's tour with Deerhunter
and Micachu and the Shapes
, the band dealt out 24 songs with little fanfare or chatting in between, leaving everyone exhausted but satisfied.
The group began last night with a familiar trick from its records: a quiet, mood-setting opener (the distant, brooding "Before Destruction," the first track from new album Transference). Singer-guitarist Britt Daniel took the stage in a tiny black leather jacket and black pants. He strummed the initial chords almost lazily, and it seemed unclear whether he really meant to begin. But Daniels and Co. are masters of dynamics. They play quietly and repetitively so that any addition or tempo change seems a revelation. The tension moved up one notch with the insistent drums and gritty chords of "I Saw The Light." But things really hit at the third tune, the jangly, piano-driven "The Way We Get By," a classic off the band's fourth album that doesn't arrive at full potency until it's halfway over.