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  • Summary: The Austin band's follow-up to 'Series of Sneaks' was a critical favorite in 2001, appearing on seemingly every year-end Top 10 list (and with good reason).
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Spoon's most mature, accomplished work to date and a fine balance of fire and polish.
  2. 90
    Spoon's 1998 album, A Series of Sneaks, was a near-perfect blend of elementary rock, sharp lyrics, and hooky melodies. On the band's just-released follow-up album, Girls Can Tell, the group manages to build upon the greatness of its previous effort.
  3. Austin's favorite trio dishes out eleven helpings of diverse alt-pop on what may wind up being the finest record of its ilk all year. Charged by song sculptor/frontman Britt Daniel, this start-to-finish triumph never underachieves even if it has an effortless aura at times.
  4. Spoon deliver everything with a calm, classy Motown-pop feel, but the disc still crackles with punk intensity... [#154, p.97]
  5. 80
    A collection of near perfect (and brief, yes!) lo-fi pop tracks that openly mine the sonic groundwork laid by The Cars, Squeeze and even Led Zeppelin.
  6. 80
    A near-masterpiece.... It's hip and urgent, formal and exhilarated, everything guitar pop aspires to today. [Dec 2001, p.118]
  7. Perverse as it may seem, this album is more tightly arranged and crisply recorded than anything the group managed on a major label; in fact, it’s a small masterpiece of home production, with Eno’s economical drumming framing stabs of rhythm guitar and precisely placed daubs of vibes and viola.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    tight. Builds and builds, relaxes and rocks its heart out repeatedly and it never feels awkward.

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  2. Mar 28, 2012
    This is the album that really blew Spoon up to success. This a fantastic record. The songs were catchy and the lyrics had a lot of heart to them. Britt Daniel is a brilliant songwriter and lyricists. A- Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2013
    [9.7] With Girls Can Tell, Spoon easily has the most unconventionally impressive album of the early 2000's. While it is a much more traditional-rock inspired album than any of their future releases (and in some ways past releases), it constantly makes a point to be discretely eccentric (whereas their first releases were hindered by unorganized eccentricity). The quaint electronic keyboards, the sharp guitar riffs, Britt's fiercely relaxed vocals (which become officially sexy as of this release), and consistent drums all make this record a uniquely satisfying listen. This is possibly the most important development of Spoon's discography. Expand
  4. j30
    Feb 1, 2012
    Spoon's well rounded Girls Can Tell is an exhilarating recording from start to finish. "Anything You Want", "Everything Hits At Once", and "Believing Is Art" are some of the best songs they're ever written. Expand

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