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Old 01-12-2010, 02:48 PM   #46
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Amazon is selling it for $7.99, BTW.

I ordered some other stuff (including the new Vampire Weekend) to get myself some Free Shipping on top of it.
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I ordered it from Amazon earlier today as well.
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I'll be picking it up next week, so I think I'll just wait until then to hear it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:05 PM   #49
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Transference is 100% grower.
God, this is hilarious. I'm not at all picking on you, LM, but rather pointing out how the word "grower," in listening-to-music terms, has changed so much and so rapidly, in the last year or two. I mean...I don't follow Spoon, these days, so I'm not really up to speed on all of this...didn't this leak, like, three days ago? That kills me! It's a grower...but it takes less than a week to blossom!

Not a Spoon issue, and I don't have an issue with your post (in fact, I know what you mean, if not in regards to this album). I just think that's brilliant, to be talking in these terms before an album even comes out. Once upon a time, White Light/White Heat and Red House Painters records were growers, and that was years after the fact. Now pop albums are growers because they sound better on second listen than first. Always tickles me.
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I actually kind of got a kick out of the very same thing.
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God, this is hilarious. I'm not at all picking on you, LM, but rather pointing out how the word "grower," in listening-to-music terms, has changed so much and so rapidly, in the last year or two. I mean...I don't follow Spoon, these days, so I'm not really up to speed on all of this...didn't this leak, like, three days ago? That kills me! It's a grower...but it takes less than a week to blossom!

Not a Spoon issue, and I don't have an issue with your post (in fact, I know what you mean, if not in regards to this album). I just think that's brilliant, to be talking in these terms before an album even comes out. Once upon a time, White Light/White Heat and Red House Painters records were growers, and that was years after the fact. Now pop albums are growers because they sound better on second listen than first. Always tickles me.
Ha, I jumped the gun somewhat in stating openly that it's a grower, but, to my ears, records with sparse instrumentation and subtle melodies tend to reveal themselves on further listens, and this record exhibits those qualities. Transference is certainly the least immediate record Spoon has made since Kill The Moonlight; this isn't HTDAAB we're talking about here. That's all I meant by it.
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Don't let it get you down, LeMeL. Semantics are the enemy of art.
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I realize the holes within the "grower" argument myself. If I were an artist that toured regularly, it would be my fail-safe counterargument to those booing me: "it'll grow on you, you fucks." But I do know the difference between a big, dumb pop song and a less immediate musical composition (that sounded painfully elitist, I know), and I feel it's fair to state that Spoon albums are somewhere in between, this one leaning more to the latter than their past few.

I will say that, for me, White Light/White Heat took about half a dozen listens to become tolerable, and half a dozen more to become a masterpiece, so there's that.
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Ha, I jumped the gun somewhat in stating openly that it's a grower, but, to my ears, records with sparse instrumentation and subtle melodies tend to reveal themselves on further listens, and this record exhibits those qualities. Transference is certainly the least immediate record Spoon has made since Kill The Moonlight; this isn't HTDAAB we're talking about here. That's all I meant by it.
Yeah, I know what you mean. In other news, I wonder if this one will finally be the Spoon record that I like, instead of yet another Spoon album from which I like three or four songs...?
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Don't let it get you down, LeMeL. Semantics are the enemy of art.
Believing is art.
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for those interested, there is a live chat this afternoon with the band:

Live Chat Today: Spoon's Britt Daniel, Jim Eno : NPR
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Spoon: Transference < Reviews | PopMatters
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Like I said...
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Still a relatively solid review though, despite them agreeing on the "Spoon sounding like Spoon" assessment.

I heard a track from it on the radio last Friday that I really liked, no clue what it was, it wasn't the single.
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P-Fork prediction: 8.1, based on the 8.5 that Ga x 5 received, and the level of esteem they're still held in (see Hail to the Thief's 9.5 rating).

But really it should be getting a 7.5 for not being as satisfying as Gimme Fiction (which received a ridiculously low 7.9).
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