Like the list of Spoon songs, this ranking is beyond difficult. Especially with a group known for their pure consistency and high quality output, the ranking of Spoon’s albums is one that is very open to interpretation and often argued about. Enough lead-up; here’s my rankings and overview:
1) Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007): 97/100
2) Gimme Fiction (2005): 96/100
3) Girls Can Tell (2001): 94/100
4) Kill The Moonlight (2002): 93/100
5) They Want My Soul (2014): 90/100
6) A Series of Sneaks (1998): 83/100
7) Transference (2010): 82/100
8) Telephono (1996): 77/10
7) “Transference” (2010):
Begging for pop/radio suicide, they can’t seem to do anything wrong even if they try. The “odd” one out, also the one that grows on you, a nice, weirdly attractive rough cut (Who Makes Your Money, Nobody Gets Me But You) that satisfies with a few nice hits (Written In Reverse, Got Nuffin).
6) “A Series of Sneaks” (1998):
A superb occasional listening experience, several standouts (Utilitarian, Advance Cassette, Metal Detektor), not the best, but still emotional and impactful as a piece of Spoon history and the true intro to the group’s vulnerable side (Laffitte Don’t Fail Me Now/The Agony of Laffitte).
5) “They Want My Soul” (2014):
Similar to Girls Can Tell as a newer version starter album, immensely clever and inventive (Knock Knock Knock), new sound (Inside Out, New York Kiss), but still undoubtably classic rockin’ Spoon on many tracks (Rent I Pay, Rainy Taxi, They Want My Soul).
4) “Kill The Moonlight” (2002):
The tricky one, favorite of the critics, weird (Paper Tiger), emotional (Don’t Let It Get You Down), punchy (Jonathan Fisk), amazing but a teensy bit overrated, great opening (Small Stakes, The Way We Get By, Something To Look Forward To), little weaker mid-near end, and nice ending (Back To The Life, You Gotta Feel It, Vittorio E).
3) “Girls Can Tell” (2001):
The definitive Spoon “starter album”, a superb work of art, full of emotion (Everything Hits At Once, Me & the Bean, Lines In The Suit, Anything You Want) and charm (The Fitted Shirt), countless killer tracks, solid throughout for the most part, strong and sexy finale (Chicago At Night). Spoon at their most vulnerable and does it work? (yes, it does)
2) “Gimme Fiction” (2005):
Either loved or hated (loved), excellent opening (Beast and Dragon, Adored; The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine), jangly, punchy, classic rock ‘n’ roll, less heartfelt, Spoon showing off their style in their prime, quirky and stylish songwriting at its best, possesses most hits out of any Spoon record (I Turn My Camera On, Sister Jack, My Mathematical Mind, I Summon You, etc.), and the rumors of the album’s third act “dragging” are false, as proven (The Infinite Pet, Merchants of Soul). A would-be top album for most bands.
1) “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (2007):
Cleverly innocent and simplistic, the “making of”/talkback scattered record, while not having the most hits, it grasps the emotion (Don’t Make Me A Target, The Ghost of You Lingers) of Girls Can Tell, and the style (Finer Feelings, Rhthm & Soul) of Gimme Fiction, contains two absolute gems (The Underdog, Don’t You Evah) that are arguably some of the best Spoon tracks around, album concludes beautifully with a fitting finale (Black Like Me). The album is adventurous without trying as hard as Kill The Moonlight. Everything about Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is creative genius.