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Girls Can Tell

SpoonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B000056O2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a great, understated album that merits repeated plays. Spoon have made a literate, rocking, breakthrough record that occupies a funny place--the songs are not unconventional, per se, yet they're somehow really special. Girls Can Tell displays the emotional resonance and big rock power of, say, Thin Lizzy and Mott the Hoople; the sonically referential, indie-rock smarts of a band like Versus; and amazing hooks that recall Colin Blunstone of the Zombies. Like Jennyanykind, Moviola, and the Lilys, this Austin, Texas, trio has chosen to work on perfecting their craft without paying much heed to mainstream or trends. In spite of (but mostly because of) wrenching breakup-centered lyrical material delivered in a very real, matter-of-fact way, Girls Can Tell is one of those life-affirming pop albums you know you'll return to in years to come. --Mike McGonigal

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated but indelible rock record June 20, 2001
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....It is not a "revelation," unless the revelation is that something can be great and totally unassuming, too.
But a 5 star record should be a record in which every song is great, and which will sound just as good 10 years from now. It needn't change the world at all--it just needs to be great in and of itself. With "Girls Can Tell," Spoon achieves just that: a timeless, fresh-sounding album of stripped-down rock songs which pay homage to the past without being too reverential, while maintaining a sound which is neither retro nor hyperfashionable.
In a sense the record reminds me of early R.E.M. records (though they sound nothing alike!) in that the spareness of the instrumentation seems to connote much more than is actually there, though the guitar/bass/drums arrangements leave room for the odd keyboard, harpsichord, etc. to pop in for added color.
In the past, Spoon seemed to err on the side of indie coolness. On "Girls Can Tell" there is an emotional openness to the melody and lyrics refreshing in its lack of irony. Here they are much more interested in being a rock band--one you might've heard on the radio somewhere between (I'm guessing) 1974 and 1980. The Thin Lizzy influence is there in the dry, spare attack of the band and the almost conversation run-on cadences of some vocals ....
...the album does rock with attitude, and rock in a way that does not require bone-crushing distortion, ham-fisted drums, a handful of steroids, and one trillion overdubs. It has the dangerous grace and surprise impact of a Shaolin boxer to the current state-of-rock's WWF.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Following their unceremonious departure from Elektra records, Spoon suffered in a kind of musician's purgatory while vainly searching for a new label. The frustration for Britt Daniel, Spoon's de facto leader, was compounded by the fact that the band had already finished recording its next album. After sending demos to dozens of labels - and receiving dozens of rejection letters - Daniel was feeling, well, kind of washed up. It would have been a very sad story if it wasn?t for the kind people at Merge Records.
It's difficult to understand how any label could pass on an album as effortlessly accomplished as Girls Can Tell. Combining the hushed pop introspection of Big Star's minor key moments with the angular, keyboard-driven minimalism of Chairs Missing-era Wire, Girls Can Tell is an album of sublime longing, punctuated by Daniel's expressive, razor-nicked voice. In his Austin, Texas drawl, Daniel sings songs of love, betrayal, faith and tradition over a spare arrangement of guitar, bass, drums and piano. It all feels a little melancholy.
It's the space within the songs that may be the most salient aspect of Girls Can Tell. While so many bands feel compelled to fill a song up with the unnecessary, Spoon breaks rock 'n' roll down to its base elements, employing only what is needed. Songs like "Believing is Art" are reduced, in parts, to an almost subliminal bass line above a simple, rhythmic pattern. While another band would place rhythm guitar behind the lead, Spoon limits the lead to a rigid, three-note motif and eliminates the extraneous strum. Yet, even without the frills, Girls Can Tell still sounds extraordinary.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alchemy is the only explanation. September 3, 2002
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One singer. Minimal keyboards and sampling. One guitar, one bass, drums. How can this simple formula become the genre-defying, infectious experience that is Spoon's "Girls Can Tell"? When the novelty of the White Stripes' anti-establishment minimalism has worn off, Spoon will be here to pick up the pieces and prove that *musicianship* plus minimalism equals alchemy: more than the sum of the parts.
From the first bars of "Everything Hits at Once," I was bobbing my head and tapping feet. Whether on the aching but uptempo "Lines in the Suit" (like a fusion of the Mamas and the Papas with Elvis Costello), the straightforward, Tom Petty-ish "Anything You Want", or the surf-rock instrumental "This Book Is A Movie", Austin singer-songwriter Britt Daniel's pop hooks catch in the fleshy part of your consciousness and take permanent hold. Collaborator and drummer Jim Eno keeps pace with flair but not flash.
Daniel's voice evokes the emotion, if not the sound, of classic rock singers with country roots, a la Tom Petty and Neil Young.
Classic 70s rock and roll, R&B, rockabilly, 60s pop, classic country, roots rock, surf rock, and new wave all surface during a listen to "Girls Can Tell" - but such comparisons should be used with caution, since Spoon's sound is far more than the sum of those influences.
The truth is that "Girls Can Tell" is very much a modern record, only possible with all of the musical history that went before it. That Spoon has managed to create a completely unique sound out of their cultural reference bank is all for our gain.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant hit March 20, 2001
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When I heard samples of this album I was hooked instantly! They have a clean sound that is catchy from the first time you listen. Each song is individual from the others. The melodic sound of the piano keeps the music upbeat...combined with the lead singer's voice it's a perfect blend. The music brings me memories and thoughts of an early Billy Joel, Ben Folds Five, and Cake.
This album shows the tremendous talents of Spoon and is definitely a group to watch for in the very near future. What lies ahead looks very promising for them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection
This has been one of my favorite albums since it originally released. Buying on vinyl has given me a whole new way to bond with the music.
Published 2 months ago by derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by Christina Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I love spoon and this album did not disappoint at all. This is an older album but it's really good.
Published 8 months ago by bobbyo!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Got this to go with my boyfriends Christmas gifts. He already loved the album and having the vinyl made it perfect.
Published 22 months ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to listen to on a roadtrip
This is a great album that everyone should own. It's the kind of music you can listen to on a long drive or just to come home put it on an relax.
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SOLID SPOON ALBUM
I have four SPOON albums and each and every once has been worth the money every time. If you like rock music than Spoon is a must have in your collection. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by EL PROFESSOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spoon ablum
I love this album! So many classic Spoon songs on here - Fitted Shirt, Lines in the suit, Chicago, 10:20AM. I pretty much love every song on here.
Published on January 21, 2010 by Roxbee
3.0 out of 5 stars Tasty teaspoon
3 1/2

The first side clearly has better tracks in what could have been some of the indie pop rocker's best work from an admirable onset, unfortunately culminating with... Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Brit's Spoonish Career Highlight? Not quite but darn good!
When Britt Daniel breaks up with a lady, watch out, good music is bound to be produced. It doesn't come off as Alanis Morissette break-up album angry but all the same lyrical... Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by M. Swinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album for the ears
Love this album, plays well with vocals and instrumental sounds. These guys are very talented musicians. Not your everyday indie band. Read more
Published on May 28, 2007 by mantle52ball
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