You either have it or you don't, this hook-crafting knack. Bands like Hüsker Dü and the Pixies had it-no matter how arty or dissonant they got, Joe Mainstream could sing along. Austin, Tex. favorites Spoon are much the same, a beguiling mix of frontman Britt Daniels' throaty charisma and the band's phenomenal instrumental chops. Whereas they made their name on Sonic Youth-style pins and needles, last year's Kill the Moonlight was a minimalist rock affair. To rework the immortal Judd Nelson: talented and smart, but social.