Spoon
Girls Can Tell


4.0
excellent

Review

by Worth USER (1 Reviews)
August 13th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The immediately recognizable parsed style of production heard here would become a staple on all future releases from our favorite collective of musical silverware.

Spoon have, scoop for scoop, statistically received more critical love than any other act during the naughts. Spoon’s early releases featured a crunchy, distorted brand of rock and roll; A Series of Sneaks contained an undeniable affection for the overdriver, and that album’s production suits that sort of rock. Girls Can Tell could easily be regarded as the first modern Spoon album. The immediately recognizable parsed style of production heard here would become a staple on all future releases from our favorite collective of musical silverware.

The trademarks of a Spoon album are all here: churning, brief piano melodies, palm muted licks, mid-tempo drumming in the pocket, plucky leads, understated bass. However, the magic of Girls Can Tell is in the thin, crisp production. Overdubs are few and far between. The layering that comes to the front of the recording is usually vocal harmonies. If the listener tries hard enough, they might hear an extra tremolo’d guitar or an additional layer of keys, but again, they’d be trying pretty hard. This minimalist composition allows the listener to believably project oneself into a small, divey club scene featuring a decade-younger Spoon. The production here is so honest and necessary, it almost feels live. Girls Can Tell’s aesthetic is transparent; no band-aids, nowhere to hide.

Girls Can Tell was Spoon’s first commercial success and it marked the onset of their foray into a more calculated, acoustic guitar-friendly recording style. Listen closely and you can hear snippets of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and other great releases embedded in here.


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JAXETA
August 13th 2012


799 Comments


horse masks all around

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 13th 2012


10920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5-5-5-5

macadoolahicky
August 13th 2012


1835 Comments


Omg, that equals negative ten!

Soldiermedic
August 13th 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Big Spoon fan but I find everything released after this to be better. Not that this is a bad album or anything.

someguest
August 13th 2012


23723 Comments


The album title's a doozy.

Digging: The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

MagmaWalrus
August 14th 2012


243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, especially for a first. Awesome album too.

juiceviaorange
December 30th 2012


286 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm gonna relisten to this and write a review for this. Great review, and I'm glad this finally has one, as it's one of my favorite records, and definitely my favorite release from Spoon. I feel this album deserves a longer review, if anything.

Inveigh
December 30th 2012


25533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My favorite spoon release as well

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jefflebowski
June 28th 2013


8308 Comments


everything hits at once is basically perfect

Damus
August 16th 2013


510 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the production on this album. Agree that everything hits at once is perfect. As is Believing is Art and Chicago At Night.

jefflebowski
August 16th 2013


8308 Comments


think i just prefer kill the moonlight (the archetypal spoon album) to this but it's close for sure

juiceviaorange
October 20th 2013


286 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This could be my favorite Spoon album, I really don't know

Pheromone
November 19th 2014


4069 Comments


this rules

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2014


10920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my 2nd favorite sp00n

theBoneyKing
June 27th 2015


426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It makes me really sad that this just dipped below a 4 average. Spoon are seriously underrated on this site.

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NorthernSkylark
June 27th 2015


6872 Comments


maybe they just don't wanna get understood. will jam!

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theBoneyKing
June 27th 2015


426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my life goals is to spoon-feed Spoon to as many people as I can.

PlatonicMushroom
June 27th 2015


233 Comments


Band r00ls, but on some of their records i get really bored midway through

Ga^5 is probably the worst offender in this respect since it starts off energetically with strong material but then suddenly turns into dreary filler

Digging: Olafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter

PlatonicMushroom
June 27th 2015


233 Comments


Come to think of it, there are only one or two bad songs on ga but it's nuff to kill the flow

theBoneyKing
June 27th 2015


426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I used to feel the same about Ga but gradually it grew on me and it grew on me enough that I 5 it.



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