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Black Spoons – My Dear Radium 
By Zane Ewton

Technology continues to evolve and has been pulling the world of music right along with it.  Gone are the days of childhood friends abusing cheap instruments in a suburban garage and going on to rock and roll stardom.  We have the internet.  We can download songs.  Thanks to the Black Spoons, we can also find band members on the internet.  It seems to be a natural progression.
 
The members of the Black Spoons found each other through the online classifieds of craigslist.org.  The New York City musician/students formed in the fall of 2003 and released this, their debut album, one year later.  Without the help of a record label and on the back of some successful shows the band has made a name for itself.  It doesn’t hurt to have a really good product to sell.
 
My Dear Radium is a thoroughly engaging record, full of arty sensibilities and rock swagger that rarely go hand in hand.  The sound is a mix of Bowie and the Police but is distinctly current.  It is refreshing to hear a band with an exciting sound and a different perspective.  On first glance it might be easy to discount My Dear Radium as nerd-rock, simply because of the band’s interests in forensic psychology, the bad hair and unassuming smiles.
 
The band is such a breath of fresh air that it is also easy to overlook any pocket protector leanings and delve deep into the low-key as well as outstanding songs.  The Black Spoons are also able to tread that thin line between art house pomposity and working man’s simplicity, kind of like Tool for kids who don’t wear black.
 
Each track is a steady and consistently interesting song.  Hopefully graduate school or other academic pursuits does not get in they way of The Black Spoons developing into a great band, because the opportunity is there.
 



CD Info 

Black Spoons – My Dear Radium
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Tracks:
Your Softest Leather
Marie Curie
Password
Chemical Sue
Like A Knife
Aristotle
Plans For Earth
Patient Littles Secret
Never Ever
The Pleasure Of Sin Without Sin
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