Spoon - Transference
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2010 Ratings: #133 / 879
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 118 ratings
2010 Ratings: #125
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January 19, 2010 / Release Date
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Drowned in Sound

Spoon are a pretty consistent bunch. Consistent in sound and pretty darned consistent in quality. Since their 1996 debut Telephono they have gradually refined the Pixies-indebted indie rock of that record into something simultaneously more pop-savvy and complex with their neat use of production tricks an increasingly distinctive trait. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, from 2007, saw Spoon reach their apex in this regard; a record where auditory adventurousness (see 'The Ghost of You

Lingers') and pop nous ('The Underdog') not only sat comfortably side by side, but where the former actually served the needs of the latter, as on the modernised Motown of 'You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb'.

A little more experimental and I appreciate that.

At least it affords this album some uniqueness in a very samey discog.
nicely confusing
While Spoon have been an exceptionally consistent band, "Transference" feels like a step backwards. I appreciate that the band is trying something new and experimental, but most of it just comes off pretty awkward. The writing is there, but the instrumentation is extremely repetitive to the point where this is their most plodding release yet. Also, why do some of these tracks end so goddamn abruptly? It has absolutely no sense of flow.

Fav Tracks: Written in Reverse, Out Go the ... read more
Spoon is always constant at making good albums, but there is nothing incredible to this album.

Edit: I was wrong, this album grew on me. It is great.
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Track List

  1. Before Destruction 
  2. Is Love Forever? 
  3. The Mystery Zone 
  4. Who Makes Your Money 
  5. Written in Reverse 
  6. I Saw the Light
  7. Trouble Comes Running
  8. Goodnight Laura 
  9. Out Go the Lights 
  10. Got Nuffin 
  11. Nobody Gets Me But You
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