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Girls Can Tell (Merge Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Spoon's swan song is their latest, Girls Can Tell, a collection of sophisticated pop songs that deliver equal parts rock and melody. From Spoon front man Brit Daniels' shaky, unbroken voice to the fearless rhythm section, Spoon manages to create tingling pop sensations while driving everything home with plenty of quirky rock.

"Believing Is Art" builds throughout, blending fierceness with swift kicking hooks, while "Anything You Want" shines with a catchy repetitive organ part looming around Daniels' trademark voice and the band's half rock/half pop playing. Meanwhile songs like "Take A Walk", "1020 AM", and "Chicago At Night" all show a different side of the band, from the rocking to the soft and pretty.

Here is a collection of songs that will never re-create the previous song, always moving forward and delivering something different, yet equally as stunning. Daniels and crew know how to rock, they know how to create solid pop hooks, and they know how to write songs worth listening to. Girls Can Tell is a solid indie rock album, hands down. I'll give it an A.

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