Transference

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  • Summary: The seventh full-length album self-produced by the band strips the music down to nothing more than guitar, bass, precussion, and Britt Daniel's voice.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
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  1. Ratcheting his reticence up half a turn, he opens with his bleakest new song, and only if you follow his chronically noncommittal lyrics will you notice his emotions opening up along with his tunes, his attitudes along with his structures.
  2. Spoon have created an album that will not only satisfy long-time observers but will also act as a gateway for those yet to discover their charms.
  3. Transference is a challenging, mature statement from a band generally known for more for refining their approach with each release.
  4. Within Spoon's astute use of sunny structure, a brooding heart of murky frustration lurks. A deceptive, addictive album, revelling in hidden depths.
  5. It can be a bit of a let down if you come in expecting another blockbuster like "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," but something of a revelation if you meet them halfway.
  6. Transference offers up several solid additions to the Spoon canon and setlist, but narrowly misses living up to its pedigree.
  7. Even Spoon's nice sounding (albeit always obtuse) lyrics can't make up for the generally flat music here, and with Transference, Spoon's undeniable swagger has taken a considerable hit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    Upon release, the level of "not as good as (insert older Spoon album)" reviews was nearly criminal. And now, five years on, it stands as aUpon release, the level of "not as good as (insert older Spoon album)" reviews was nearly criminal. And now, five years on, it stands as a more direct glimpse into the chaotic mind of Britt Daniel that was sadly overlooked by many. 9.5/10 Expand
  2. johnw.
    Jan 19, 2010
    10
    Amazing note for note. SPOON never disappoints!
  3. AlexV.
    Jan 20, 2010
    9
    I enjoyed every part of this album. You can listen it wherever you want: at home, in car, everywhere.
  4. KurtC
    Jan 20, 2010
    9
    I really like the stripped down sound they've crafted here. Their restraint allows you to really focus on the song compositions I really like the stripped down sound they've crafted here. Their restraint allows you to really focus on the song compositions themselves, the subtle yet catchy melodies and grooves, and the overall excellent musicianship. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2016
    9
    DO NOT sleep on this amazing album. Some fans pass it off as one of the weaker records in the band's discography. True Spoon fans know it'sDO NOT sleep on this amazing album. Some fans pass it off as one of the weaker records in the band's discography. True Spoon fans know it's really a beautifully raw masterpiece. Often overlooked in the strong year that was 2010, "Transference" offers so much more than meets the eye, and it definitely took me many listens before I really came to love it. This album is anything but weak. A "would-be" top album for many modern rock bands. Expand
  6. MikefromMaine
    Jan 31, 2010
    8
    A step away from the pop influenced Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but a very interesting,and, on repeated listens catchy album. As in prior albums, the A step away from the pop influenced Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but a very interesting,and, on repeated listens catchy album. As in prior albums, the rhythm section is the focus again, with the guitar and vocals just used as adornments. Musically its actually quite fascinating, though not quite up to par with Kill the Moonlight and Gimme Fiction. Still, well worth your time. Expand
  7. TimA
    Jan 27, 2010
    5
    A very disappointing follow-up to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I expected much more from them this time around. Britt is trying a little to hard to rhyme A very disappointing follow-up to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I expected much more from them this time around. Britt is trying a little to hard to rhyme when it just doesn't seem necessary on the song "written in reverse" . Oh well I guess we will have to wait another 2yrs for something that can compete with the last 3 records. Expand

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