Spoon – Transference

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  1. Before Destruction: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  2. Is Love Forever?: πŸ‘ŽπŸ»
  3. The Mystery Zone: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. Who Makes Your Money: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Written in Reverse: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. I Saw the Light: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Trouble Comes Running: πŸ‘πŸ»
  8. Goodnight Laura: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Out Go the Lights: πŸ‘πŸ»
  10. Got Nuffin: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  11. Nobody Gets Me But You: πŸ‘πŸ»


For the hell of it I decided to keep going through Spoon’s discography in reverse since I listened to They Want My Soul yesterday and Hot Thoughts the day before. I’ve ended up on their Wikipedia page multiple times over the last two days and I noticed that not only did I have no idea Hot Thoughts existed until two days ago, and I’d not listened to They Want My Soul more than once, but I’d only listened to Transference a couple times, AND it turns out I’ve never heard of their first album either! I love Spoon so I thought I’d go ahead and just explore their entire catalog. If I had known two days ago that I’d be doing this, I’d have gone in chronological order, but reverse. But whatever.
Yesterday I said I thought They Want My Soul was Spoon’s Spoon-iest album. So far I still stand by that. Hot Thoughts is their least Spoon-y. I think Transference is their second least Spoon-y. I forgot how experimental it was until I listened to it again today. It definitely puts Hot Thoughts on a different light. It wasn’t a complete departure, I just forgot they get weird too.
I had an interesting experience listening to Transference today. I don’t usually listen from my phone but I was at the tire shop finally getting my summer tires on so I had no Internet and time to kill. My phone was on shuffle and I didn’t realize it until I had almost listened to the whole album in a random order. Once I realized my mistake I started over and turned shuffle off. I have to say it definitely changed my impression of the record. I hated the first two tracks of this album. But when I listened on shuffle they were slightly more tolerable because they weren’t back to back. On the other hand, the fact that the two worst songs opened the album meant that there was nowhere to go but up from there. Ultimately it didn’t change my rating, but it did change my perception of the album, and of a few of the songs. Part of the idea behind this blog is that people (myself included) too often listen to random tracks from random artists and don’t take in an album as a … uh … “unit of art.” I think that’s a shame. There is nothing wrong with jumping to the good scenes of a movie if you’ve already seen it a bunch of times but that’s not the main way you consume movies. I realize it’s not quite the same thing but I don’t think it’s a totally incorrect comparison either.

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