SpoonGirls Can Tell

Style:Indie Rock


Everything Hits At Once4:04
Believing Is Art4:19
Me And The Bean3:33
Lines In The Suit3:47
The Fitted Shirt3:12
Anything You Want2:16
Take A Walk2:27
1020 AM2:10
Take The Fifth3:56
This Book Is A Movie3:33
Chicago At Night2:47

Credits (10)


Filter by
    13 versions
    Image, In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory
    Version DetailsData Quality
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2000, CDrGirls Can Tell
    CDr, Album, Promo
    Merge Records – noneUS2000US2000
    New Submission
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2001-02-20, CDGirls Can Tell
    CD, Album
    Merge Records – MRG195US2001US2001
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2001-02-20, VinylGirls Can Tell
    LP, Album
    Merge Records – MRG195LPUS2001US2001
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2001, VinylGirls Can Tell
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, White Marble
    12XU – 12XU 006-1UK2001UK2001
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2001-02-19, CDGirls Can Tell
    CD, Album
    12XU – 12XU 006-2UK2001UK2001
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2001-02-20, CDGirls Can Tell
    CD, Album
    Spunk – URA114Australia2001Australia2001
    New Submission
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2006, FileGirls Can Tell
    11×File, AAC, Album, 128kbps
    Merge Records – MRG195US2006US2006
    New Submission
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2008-05-06, VinylGirls Can Tell
    LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 180 g
    Merge Records – MRG195US2008US2008
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2018-09-07, VinylGirls Can Tell
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Repress, Green
    Merge Records – MRG195US2018US2018
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2020-08-14, VinylGirls Can Tell
    LP, Album, Reissue
    Matador – OLE1493LPUS2020US2020
    New Submission
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, 2020-08-14, CDGirls Can Tell
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Matador – OLE1493CDUS2020US2020
    New Submission
    Album 3 Rough Mixes
    Cassette, Album, Promo
    Not On Label (Spoon Self-released) – noneUSUS
    New Submission
    Cover of Girls Can Tell, , CDGirls Can Tell
    CD, Album, Reissue
    12XU – 12XU 006-2EuropeEurope
    Recently Edited



    • RossEnjoi's avatar
      Edited 2 years ago
      I was pleasantly surprised with this pressing. Like others have said, the sound is crisp and it's a very dynamic sounding record with bright highs and good separation. I found the bass to be a tad bit low in the mix for certain songs, while on others it's very much "in your face" (Take a Walk for example sounds fantastic).

      I'd recommend this to others, especially for the price!

      Edit: Also wanted to add that my pressing is flat, quiet, with no surface noise at all.
      • movceo's avatar
        As usual with the RTI-pressed Spoon records that were released on Merge, it sounds fantastic. I'm glad I got these before the band left Merge, as I agree that the Matador represses are probably nowhere near as good.
        • bemerick's avatar
          I think this sounds excellent. Very good separation and clear. Sounds better than I remember the CD sounding. Some surface noise occasionally but not too bad. And it kinda fits Spoon's sound...
          • dicedpeas's avatar
            Definitely have to echo the quality of this record. Every Spoon record I've purchased has sounded great and this one is no exception.
            • bdougher's avatar
              Great sounding pressing of one of my favorite albums! I really can’t fault it at all. It’s dynamic and clear and as another reviewer mentioned the soundstage is nice and wide and the surface is dead quiet. I haven’t heard the new Matador reissue but I can’t imagine it sounding much better, if at all.
              • chickentender's avatar
                Edited 3 years ago
                I don't have the Merge release but this one sounds really good to me. Crisp, deep and dynamic. Maybe there's comparatively a difference but this one is completely silent on my table as far as surface noise, it's cut well and just generally great.... e.g. really happy with this one. Not a bad Spoon pressing on my shelf (with the unfortunate exception of the most recent RSD "All the Weird Kids Up Front" comp... of which I've had two, both decentered.)
                • nelson_iii's avatar
                  Haven’t listened to this one in a looooong, long time. This is what records should sound like: crisp, clean, and a proper soundstage.
                  • last.broadcast's avatar
                    To me, this "new" cut sounds a bit anemic compared to the Merge release. The pressing itself (which is uncredited but likely Third Man) is not the best quality either - lots of inaudible surface marks.
                    • streetmouse's avatar
                      If you were a fan of early Spoon’s maneuvering sloppiness, which I wasn’t, you were no doubt taken back by their new sound, one that’s a bit haunting, excessively clean and for some reason, the opening number “Everything Hits At Once” hazes with memories of Bowie’s Hunky Dory.

                      That being said, Girls Can Always Tell comes off as a self assured recap of Spoon’s best and most proficient material, as if they’d cannibalized their past catalog, driving slowing, ebbing forward with an eerie understated sinisterness, filled with enough vibrant melodic edges to hold your attention. Of course this is all to be expected, as the album’s nearly entirely about girls, finding girls, assessing girls, losing girls, and pining for girls, with no inherent notion of what’s going on in the mind of a girl. With that underlying theme, Spoon seem to have developed into a full fledged indie band here, yet they still appear to be in the midst of attempting to resolve or reconcile the distinctive quirkiness and tics that brought them such favor on earlier albums. Even so, Spoon still revel in their outward off kilter presentations, an aspect that’s deeply ingrained in their sound, meaning that with the new attitude that’s surfaced on this outing, that angular kilter is even more evident.

                      Yes, gone are the familiar modern-rock tendencies, with Girls favoring the building of structures within structures, as if mixing yesterday’s sensibilities with today’s grander visions (along with a major record label). To my ears there’s a dysphoria found within these grooves, as if Spoon have been looking too longingly into the eyes of Elvis Costello, especially with their lyrical delivery, a man I’ve never been enamored with, but seriously, they do manage to serve up this platter with catchy sharp pointed lyrics and songwriting. Of course, for many this will move Spoon into the intellectual music realm, not a place I’m sure they want to settle, though for now, Spoon seem to be rather comfortable in their Men’s Wearhouse style, with its thin crisp production and chilled transparent honest atmosphere, an entirely uncomplicated atmosphere of simplistic brutishness. Yet there still remains an undercurrent of contrast and roughness laced though each track, though that roughness is being held in check … if barely, as menacing strings attempt to fashion a sort of metallic tenderness that’s out of step with everything I know or embrace, though the times in which we now find our lives are far more insulary than ever.

                      Yet through it all, Spoon have remained an almost unknown band, where it took nearly ten years for Girls Can Tell to sell more than 100,000 units.

                      Review by Jenell Kesler
                      • yxa's avatar
                        Does anyone have this on black as well? Vinyl is from Merge pressing, stating RE-1 on side B. Is this a mix of Merge vinyl and 12XU sleeve or was it done like this regulary?

                        Master Release

                        For sale on Discogs

                        Sell a copy


                        • Avg Rating:4.37 / 5
                        • Ratings:445

                        Videos (11)