Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. At 36 minutes, Girls Can Tell packs more hooks than most bands fit into their entire discography... This is truly one of the most intense pop records since This Year's Model.
  4. 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.
  5. Uncut
    80
    A near-masterpiece.... It's hip and urgent, formal and exhilarated, everything guitar pop aspires to today. [Dec 2001, p.118]
  6. Alternative Press
    80
    Spoon deliver everything with a calm, classy Motown-pop feel, but the disc still crackles with punk intensity... [#154, p.97]
  7. Magnet
    80
    Continues to mine the same sparkling vein of crushed-velvet pop/punk Spoon has perfected as its stock in trade. [#49, p.91]
  8. Their music is as strong as ever and they certainly deserve your attention.
  9. Girls Can Tell abandons some of the more familiar modern-rock tendencies of Spoon's previous albums, favoring the ambitious structures of art-rock and offering an impressive meeting place between traditional new wave and the abrasive, angular qualities of Wire and Magazine.
  10. Girls Can Tell is more mature and accomplished, but at the expense of the spark of spontaneity.
  11. Spoon's most ambitious album is also their best.
  12. 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.
  13. Spoon is the best British band to come out of Austin, Texas.
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Girls' melding of new wave and indie pop literally sounds timeless... [3/9/2001, p.82]
  15. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. DrewC
    Jul 20, 2007
    10
    Their most heartfelt and emotional release to date. Lyrically, my favorite of britt daniels'. This is the album that got me into spoon, Their most heartfelt and emotional release to date. Lyrically, my favorite of britt daniels'. This is the album that got me into spoon, such a great night album. :) Full Review »
  2. BobR
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    o_o;; a strokes comparison... how odd. Anyway, this album is full of surprises.
  3. Aug 16, 2015
    9
    Marking a turning point for the band as their major-label triumphant return, Girls Can Tell is thought of by many as merely a stepping stoneMarking a turning point for the band as their major-label triumphant return, Girls Can Tell is thought of by many as merely a stepping stone to later works. That's not all there is to it, though- the seemingly simple stories told on Girls Can Tell were a comfortable emotional outlet for the band after prior shake-ups. 9.4/10 Full Review »