|UserReviews 22Approval 97%Soundoffs 32Album Ratings 1136Objectivity 88%Last Active 09-16-19 6:06 amJoined 12-29-11Forum Posts 4Review Comments 647
The poster boys for consistency and finely honed songs. Here's my take on their studio albumns
There's nothing wrong with a band being proud of their influences, but Spoon clearly always had a nascent point of view waiting to emerge. Their natural instincts go against the incredibly derivative material here.
This album sounds forced and curiously unfinished. There's a good run of songs near the end, but it's a difficult listen - the band sounds like its teeth are firmly gritted. This feels (to me anyway) like it must have been a very tough one to record.
Series of Sneaks
The leap from the debut to this is unfathomable. It's pretty much like Pablo Honey to the Bends. Somehow it doesn't burn as brightly as the rest of their stellar catalogue, but it's still a good listen, and there were really only a few tweaks to be made before they released a run of exceptional records.
GF has a blinding hot start, but sags in the middle. The highs on this are better than the sophomore record. A curious record for me, there's lots that sort of washes over me and lots that I want to playlist.
This record felt very slight to me when I heard it first (enjoyable though). On listening to it again, I hear lots of subtle progression and the electronic elements feel less slapped on than I initially thought - perhaps I read too many slightly disappointed opinions at the time of release which coloured my perception. I'm impressed a band this accomplished is still moving forward, but with such careful, tasteful consideration.
They Want My Soul
This and Girls Can Tell sound lush to me when compared with other Spoon material. There's a romance and heart with both records that's undeniable. What a great late career release and return to form. Inside Out makes me want to cry and laugh at the same time.
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Probably the most purely enjoyable Spoon album, but it does contain one of my favourite Spoon songs that breaks with convention. It's such an easy album to love, and was my introduction to the band - there was an air of excitement around this when it was released that leapt out of the reviews I read and the singles I heard.
Girls Can Tell
Some parts sound like leaving your newfound lover in the early parts of the morning to get to work, and some parts sound like the world is shaking itself into its constituent parts. And then some of it just sounds like going to get some coffee with a friend, and it turns into a pretty good night playing pool. That's a lot of romance, humour and emotion to cram into 36 minutes of great, smart music. But Spoon can do it.
Kill the Moonlight
If Girls Can Tell is the heart, then Kill The Moonlight is the head. Sometime it sounds to me like Spoon write an album of material, then reverse engineer back to the prototypes of the songs to find their true form. While they're for the most part always successful, Kill The Moonlight sounds like the deepest understanding of their own process, and it's thrilling.
|Excellent ranking, I mostly agree with this, though 3 is 1 (top 3 are all pretty interchangeable though) and I rank 7 a bit higher. Incredibly consistent band though.|
|Yeah, the top 3 are hard to rank, and it probably just depends on what great part of Spoon's sound you gravitate to the most. Honestly, there's nothing between GCT and KTM for me.|
|3 is definitely 1 and I wouldn't rank 8 so low, but these guys are difficult to rank. Consistent 4/5 band.|
|spooning to the sounds of Spoon.|
really like the band. mostly agree with the list
|hard to disagree, i'd probs go 3-2-1 as my top 3 but that's the joy of spoon, tough to pick their best|
|Pretty solid list. I remember Transference being a bit higher for me, but it's been quite a while since I listened... Moonlight is their only one I have at a 5. So damn groovy. I dig everything from this band though.|
|Spoon of Grimbo? |
|They Want My Soul > Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga > Girls Can Tell > Kill The Moonlight > Transference > Gimme Fiction > Hot Thoughts > Series of Sneaks > Telephono|