Transference

Studio Album by released in 2010

Transference review

Spoon members vote for stability

The US rock band Spoon, based in Texas, cheers us for more than ten years with the regular lineup and is on good terms in the musical industry but to the constantly high quality of their long-plays. As it is known, the most terrific testament for any popular band is the release of the second album, which sometimes is not even issued. Other way, sometimes the artists finally pass the ordeal by the sophomore attempt, but their fame is slaughtered when it comes to their third disc – mediocre and banned by critics. As we can see, nothing of this happened to the wonderful collective Spoon – year after year, album after album, they demonstrate us their professional approach, talents and stability. After the release of their brilliant disc Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga more than two years have passed. The listeners started to be nervous – however, the musicians recorded their seventh follow-up Transference in the very beginning of 2010. Well, the release immediately raised some questions like – did the music of the collective change or not, and if it did – then, in which way? We get the answer with the first track of Transference – the artists decided to come back to the hoarse indie rock sound, but as for the rest, they stayed the same public favorites and creative persons, filled with ideas and decisions. The unchanged quality of their product can be also witnessed by the fact that the artists again self-produced the full-length, using no help from the outside.

Transference: deliberate carelessness and masterful work

The album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is undoubtedly the best album by Spoon and the climax of they ten-plus activity, but the Transference release should not be underestimated by no ways. Its raw indie sound is the intentional creative decision, which makes the music by the artists more true-to-life and natural. The disc opens with the slow-burning and energetic composition Before Destruction with the syncopated rhythm and memorable chorus. The following track with the philosophic title Is Love Forever? will cheer the listeners with both the deep lyrics and masterful drum play. The somber melody The Mystery Zone is filled with the attractive speculations over relationships and possibilities of their continuation. It is crafted in the best traditions of psychedelic pop. Well, the strongest spots on the long-play are its singles – the strikingly angry and open vocals merge with the successful piano arrangement on the track Written In Reverse, while the song Got Nuffin is noticeable for its bass line and the feasible classical rock touch. The album closes with the low-tempo, but soul-grasping compositions – as the romantic lullaby Goodnight Laura and track Nobody Gets Me But You, filled with sincerity and daring revelations.

The album that will stay in the memories

The album Transference may be is not the best of all, written by Spoon during their lengthy career, but it will definitely fall into the memory of anyone who listened to it. It is not the filling long-play for sure – it will have its firm place both in the collective’s discography and in the play list of any rock lover. Besides, this indie rock record is praiseworthy for the fact that it is not the attempt by the artists to raise their fame, get new army of fans or harden their position in mainstream. The disc Transference is recorded with love to the rock music and strong will to create – and you can feel it in each track on the disc. Moreover, the sincerity of the album mixes with the high proficiency and longtime experience of the artists. The album is not conceptual, by the way, but it has integrity and wonderfully thought-out succession of the songs, thus it is needful to listen to it in the entire in order to open the magic of all the compositions that Spoon recorded for the work. In spite of the fact that Transference will not get the popularity of its predecessor Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, it anyway is going to shake and make happy all the fans of well-done indie rock.