Spoon – Transference Spoon – Transference

Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference

Spoon’s music is like a Canadian person – thoroughly unimpressive but difficult to dislike.  A presence pleasant enough not to complain about, but you wouldn’t complain about its absence.  Vividly colorless, shockingly neutral, tenaciously timid, mouth-wateringly bland.

Daringly safe.

I have respect for Spoon as a band.  They are solid musicians; they found their sound quickly in their career and have stayed true to it…for seven albums.  Their latest full length release, Transference, is nary a departure from the previous six.  When a band has released that many albums one would hope to see some sign of experimentation, progression or evolution – some type of creative risk.  People like conflict and the possibility of failure; it’s failure that makes success sweet and it’s unpredictability that keeps fans on their toes.  At this point I think any Spoon fan could’ve predicted Transference.

Frighteningly comfortable.

Just as the albums in Spoon’s career, the songs on Transference blend together in a blur of listenable chapters.  From the very beginning the album establishes its tone and tempo and proceeds to never stray more than a step or two away before quickly retreating back to its happy place.

Overtly subtle

Transference takes a cruise-controlled tour across the slowly rolling fields all too familiar to Spoon’s musical journey, taking painstaking care to avoid all peaks and valleys that might create tension, evoke emotion or eventuate into any type of crescendo.  It induces a blissful numbness, never catching the listener’s attention enough to turn it up or turn it off.

The Point:  Dissapointingly satisfactory.

Track List:

  1. Before Destruction
  2. Is Love Forever?
  3. Mystery Zone
  4. Who Makes Your Money
  5. Written In Reverse
  6. I Saw The Light
  7. Trouble
  8. Good Night Laura
  9. Out Go The Lights
  10. Got Nuffin
  11. Nobody Gets Me But You
Spoon - Transference, reviewed by Big Ben on 2010-01-26T16:37:54-08:00 rating 2.9 out of 5

4 Responses about “Spoon – Transference”

  • WEBSHERIFF says:

    On behalf of Merge Records and Spoon, many thanks for plugging “Transference” on your site (street date 18th Jan UK / 19th Jan US) … .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label and artist for not posting any pirate links to newly released (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of “Written in Reverse” is available for fans and bloggers to post / host / share etc at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120830261&ps=bb2 … .. for further details of the new album, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the band’s official site at http://www.spoontheband.com and keep an eye on official sources for details of further Spoon news, preview material and on-line promotions.

    As a special, goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive preview stream of the full album is now available via the band’s site and as part of NPR Music’s Exclusive First Listen series at
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122279793 … .. this is for hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s official site and NPR, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or embedding these files.

    Thanks again for your plug.



  • Charles says:

    God, I saw this fucking band play back in…Jesus…96? They opened for Archers of Loaf at Irving Plaza and were about as jazzed to play their blend of disaffection and derivation as a legless puppy in Oakley shades. Hated them ever since.

  • Ben says:

    Congrats to the self proclaimed WEBSHERIFF for being the first post flagged as spam that I’ve approved.

  • Charles says:

    I think that means we finally matter.