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My Spoon Albums List WORST to BEST

Austin-based Rock group Spoon have established a dedicated fanbase. A group that teeters with many sub-genres of Rock, Spoon has established themselves as one of the premier Alternative Rock groups for upwards of a decade. With no indication of slowing down any time soon, Spoon continue to pump about records that endure commercially and critically. Here is my ranking of their albums from Worst to Best.
9Spoon
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga


Let me just state that I don't hate this album. For what it is, it is a competent and "good" record. However, I find that many tracks fail to entice me as most of their records have. The creativity was there, but the consistency wasn't.
8Spoon
Girls Can Tell


Another placement I am probably going to get shit for. It was a good album, but I have, and still do, see Spoon make many better records. It had a heavy Pop essence that gave a bit of commercial viability, but that certainly didn't make the songs any better. It felt jarring in many tracks and was probably alienating to fans of Spoon at the time.
7Spoon
Transference


Transference is great in the sense that it toned down a lot of the grandiose elements of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and strove for a more "back to basics" approach reminiscent of their sophomore album. The result is a good meeting of the past and present to create something new.
6Spoon
Telephono


Despite it's rough production and heavy output, Telephono is still highly regarded by many fans as an Art Punk masterpiece. Do I agree? Not entirely, but I do recognize Telephono as a great record that became the beginning of an astounding career for Spoon, and laid the foundation for future releases by the group.
5Spoon
Gimme Fiction


Any album containing Art (Genre) music usually implies that it is designed out of the world of commercial viability, almost as it is not designed to be fun, but to be something to be studied. An elitist viewpoint to be sure, and I doubt many would agree with my assumption, Spoon especially. In contrast to most Art Rock albums, Gimme Fiction contains a myriad of Art Rock tracks that are both intelligently designed and "fun" from a commercial standpoint. Containing excellent production and eloquent instrumentation, Gimme Fiction is a meeting of two worlds fusing together, not colliding.
4Spoon
Series of Sneaks


Building off the foundation of their debut record, Series of Sneaks applies a broader canvas than Telephono had, and creates something built with the same tools, but improved upon to make something even greater. Series of Sneaks is a sophomore album done right and deserves all of the praise it gets.
3Spoon
Hot Thoughts


Returning to the Pop oriented domains of their third album for the recently released record had me filled with trepidation. I was worried that Hot Thoughts would be just as jarring as Girls Can Tell was, but I was wrong. Hot Thoughts corrects the mistakes made in Girls Can Tell, applying a Pop sound to create their same material in a different light instead of the other way around. This allows them to teeter the lines of the commercial Pop sphere without losing their defined sound. It is excellent, and by far one of their best efforts.
2Spoon
Kill the Moonlight


A more modern Rock output than they had previously done, Kill the Moonlight defined the Rock sound of Spoon for more than a decade, as the band would utilize this sound for many of their later records. It wasn't an innovation by any means, but it did what it did in the most excellent way possible. Eloquent and methodically paced, Kill the Moonlight is still one of Spoon's best records.
1Spoon
They Want My Soul


I'll make no apologies for putting They Want My Soul at #1. This album is one of the greatest Indie Rock albums of the last two decades. As producer on the album, Dave Fridmann was able to use the established sound of Spoon to create something new, while barely making any changes in the process. From its beautiful instrumentation, precise production, and strict pacing; 2014 showed that Spoon had Indie Rock down to a God-damned science. In retrospect, They Want My Soul is to Indie Rock what Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven was to Post-Rock.
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