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Spoon, ranked

The poster boys for consistency and finely honed songs. Here's my take on their studio albumns
9Spoon
Telephono


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.
8Spoon
Transference


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.
7Spoon
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.
6Spoon
Gimme Fiction


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.
5Spoon
Hot Thoughts


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.
4Spoon
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.
3Spoon
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.
2Spoon
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.
1Spoon
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.
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