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Spoon's third album is a study in how to get a lot with a little: moody but deceptively raucous, it's also their most pared-down and eclectic. Songs like "Fitted Shirt" showed that the band had matured and broken away (sonically and songwriting-wise) from the early '90s smartypants postmodern milieu of Pavement and their ilk. That song alone has all the emotional resonance of a great song by Thin Lizzy, Creedence Clearwater Revival or Phil Ochs. Much of the album's lyrical content seems to deal with a breakup, however. The deceptively mellow "Everything Hits at Once" is an uncannily sober dissection of the sorrow of heartache while "10:20 AM" channels obsessed insomnia backed by a mellotron and acoustic guitar. At the time of this 2001 release, the Austin, TX-based trio had gone from a small label to a major then back to an indie again only to release what remains their most excellent and concerted effort, pound for pound.

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Spoon know how to write music.

From start to finish this album is wonderful. It's nice to listen to a well composed, concise (36-minute) album that includes an instrumental track! Each song has its own character and vibe. From the minimalist whisper of "Believing Is Art" to the rock stomp of "The Fitted Shirt" this album encompasses an entire spectrum of sound and emotion. I believe this is Spoon's best album to date, or at least their most accessible.

Good Stuff

extremely original. if you like other spoon albums you are sure to like this one. it amazes me the thing these guys can do with simple chords on a standard tuned guitar.

Extremely Well Put Together

I can't help but say that Girls Can Tell is my favorite Spoon album. Their newer albums (Kill The Moonlight and Gimme Fiction) are veritable tours de force, but they show none of the freshness or songwriting expertise of Girls Can Tell. This album is truly fun to listen to, and it does not easily get old. The guitar isn't overly complex and the tunes catch and keep your interest. I highly recommend this album, especially if you like Gimme Fiction and Kill The Moonlight.


Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock (the band has drawn comparisons to everyone from the Pixies and Sonic Youth to Elvis Costello and Tom Petty), Texas-based indie outfit Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of the genre's most critically acclaimed acts. Formed in Austin by singer/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon released its debut EP, Nefarious, on the small Texas imprint Fluffer Records in 1994, eventually re-recording three of the songs...
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