• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2010
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 95
  2. Negative: 3 out of 95

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  1. 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 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.
  2. David
    Jan 31, 2010
    5
    After listening to this about 5 or 6 times, I have to say I am very disappointed. After Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga which is I think their best CD I guess my expectations were too high. I would rank this as one of their worst efforts by far. Doesn't even come close to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and worse than Gimme Fiction and Girls Can Tell.
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  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. As usual, the production is raw with traces of the recording process still evident. Although Transference lacks the overwhelming variety of "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," there are notable moments of exploration. [Feb 2010, p.96]
  3. Spoon are equally as enjoyable, and perhaps that bit more intriguing, when they are a little bit harder to fathom. Plus, to put it simply, there ain't a duff track to be found here.