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Transference

SpoonAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B002VDZIIS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Transference is the seventh album from Spoon, their fifth on respected imprint Merge Records, and their first made without the help of an outside producer. It follows Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, a U.S. top-10 album which received year-end best of accolades from NPR, PITCHFORK, ROLLING STONE, SPIN, THE ONION, NEW YORK, PASTE, and STEREOGUM, among others. It is released on CD and vinyl.

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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
I'd say Spoon is one of the most consistantly reliable indie bands out there today. They haven't put out a bad or mediocre album in over 15 years and I think they're at the point where the "Spoon" sound is whatever they say it is. If Transference had been their second or third record, or even if they had followed up Girls Can Tell with this album, I think most fans would be confused. Even though this album has caught me a little off guard, one thing is for sure, and that's that this album is a grower. I picked it up at a small indie store three days ago that usually (and quietly) sells new releases a day or two before the official release date. Since then I've listened to this record front to back about 7 times in the car and at work and the more I listen to it, the harder it is for me to think of it than anything else but the next logical step in Spoon's career.

Unlike the new Vampire Weekend record (which takes all of the bands quirks at turns them up to ten way too early in the band's career), Spoon smartly diverged from what people might have expected...especially if they're newcomers to the band. I think if they had made a record that sounded like the sequel to Gimme Fiction or Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, they would have been accused of playing it safe and falling into a rut.

Rather than that, they went into the studio by themselves and found their essence I think. This is their seventh record and I think they've earned this kind of creative license. The important thing to remember is that just because these songs don't sound like classic Spoon songs at first doesn't mean they aren't. Songs like "The Mystery Zone," "I Saw the Light," and "Nobody Gets Me But You," couldn't have been written by any other band and will become (diehard) fan favorites in no time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Spoon February 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Spoon's latest album, Transference, is another strong release from the indie rock band from Texas. Like their other albums such as Gimme Fiction and Girls Can Tell, the emphasis is on good songs and mood before over the top musicianship. There is also a lot of echo throughout, providing the feel of a release out of the late `70s. The opener "Before Destruction" is both sparse and full of sonics before kicking into three of the album's best tunes. "Is Love Forever?", "The Mystery Zone", and "Who Makes Your Money" are very strong tracks that are memorable from the get go while retaining a sense of melancholy. "Goodnight Laura" is a pretty piano ballad while "Got Nuffin" and "Trouble Comes Running" are raw and border on hard rock. "I Saw the Light" and the aforementioned "Who Makes Your Money" are both very moody and the vibe on each is hypnotic at times. The remaining tracks like "Out Go the Lights" and "Nobody Gets Me But You" are decent as well. All told, another winner from Spoon and well worth picking up or downloading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice job here! February 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD
All of these people claiming to be longtime fans and saying they can't get this album are crazy! Sure it's not Gax5 or Gimme Fiction but who wants a repeat of that. I'm tired of seeing good indie bands sell out (i.e. Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse). Sure this is a more subdued effort but after letting this soak in it has some really great tracks. "Nobody gets me but you" is simply an amazing slow burner. Is Love Forever, The Mystery Zone, Written in Reverse, Trouble Comes Running, and Out Go the Lights are great as well. Trouble Comes Running is an uptempo gem. Check this CD out - I like the fact it is subdued as it gives a transparent view of the band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoon is moving ahead. February 10, 2010
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Chances are on first 3 or 4 listens you will wonder what they are up to here. But give it some time. They are clearing a new path. In doing so, sometimes the path is not to your liking. Well.....go listen to something else for awhile. But when you return, you will see what I mean.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPOON (trademark) January 24, 2010
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This is a Spoon album. For Spoon fans, that's all you really need to know. The sound and songs fit into their catalog.

Every Spoon record has it's own unique sound, but most records have subtly updated the sound from the previous record. This record did not, and I think that's why it's being looked at as a "departure" or "experimental". Neither of these are true. It just so happens that the last record was a pop music cherry bomb and this record is stripped down asymmetrical pop, and yes it does pop.

I recommend you listen to this record 3 times before you decide if you like it, I have a feeling that second time it will hit your ears much differently than the first.

Also, Spoon has produced all of their albums except "telephono" and "softsounds ep", Jim Eno and Brit Daniels have Co-Producer credit on every other Spoon record, they just always had an outside producer to collaborate with. They have been more involved with the engineering and mix of their records than most groups are.

If you are going into this record listening for the next "cherry bomb", "sister jack", or "way we get by", you already missed the point.

In summation this record is not: weird, a radical departure, overly edited or processed, inaccessible, without hooks, or a misfire.

It is another great record by Spoon however.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't people like this one?
I went into this album knowing people don't really like it as much, but I personally love it as much as the others. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Alex Sundeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
You can always count on Britt Daniel to write ear-catching melodies while Jim Eno lays down the grooves and make any current Spoon album a hit with Indie Rockers and Pitchfork... Read more
Published 5 months ago by phongsta
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing compared to Ga Ga....
I was hoping for more. Nothing as strong as their recent efforts and nothing particularly memorable here. I don't see myself returning to this often.
Published 8 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars One of 2010s Best
After seeing this album as one of Sound & Vision's top 10 albums of 2010 I had it on my "to get list" but didn't find it until this March. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Richard Mulligan
2.0 out of 5 stars Abstract expressionism in musical form.
I am not a hugely knowledgeable fan of Spoon. I have Ga ga.. and thats it, but based on my immediate liking of Ga ga... Read more
Published 21 months ago by my alias
4.0 out of 5 stars More Spoon please
I'm an adoring fan of this band. They take risks and never lose sight of creating tuneful songs. My day is better with Spoon
Published 21 months ago by Eric D. Silver
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Spoonful of Goodness
I really love the songs I really love on here ("Trouble Comes Running" and "Nobody Gets Me But You"). Read more
Published 23 months ago by Artemis825
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW keeps getting better
If you like any of Spoon's music, you will really enjoy Transference. This band keeps getting better. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Magnity Interactive Music Buyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
Bought this CD ( Transferance ) and was pleased with the group. I have urged my friends to buy it and enjoy! Cuts 2 and 3 are my favorite. Shades of the Beatles back when. Read more
Published on May 18, 2011 by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit broken
This album seems to find them shaking their rep as the tightest outfit out there. They seem to be intentionally leaving some loose ends and oddities in here. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by Runhotstuff
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