Girls Can Tell

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Girls Can Tell
Studio album by Spoon
Released February 20, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Indie rock
Length 36:08
Label Merge Records
Producer Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Mike McCarthy
Spoon chronology
Love Ways
(2000)
Girls Can Tell
(2001)
Kill the Moonlight
(2002)

Girls Can Tell is the third studio album by the indie rock band Spoon. It was released on February 20, 2001.

The track "Me and the Bean" is a cover of a mid-1990s Austin, Texas band called The Sidehackers.[1] The songwriter of The Sidehackers, John Clayton, appears on Kill the Moonlight, playing bass guitar.[citation needed]

Girls Can Tell, up to December 2009, has sold slightly fewer than 100,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [4]
Pop Matters 4.5/5 stars [5]
Robert Christgau B+ [6]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [7]
Uncut 4/5 stars [5]

The Online music magazine, Pitchfork Media, placed Girls Can Tell at number 96 on its list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Britt Daniel, except for where noted.

  1. "Everything Hits at Once" – 4:04
  2. "Believing Is Art" – 4:19
  3. "Me and the Bean" (John Clayton) – 3:33
  4. "Lines in the Suit" – 3:47
  5. "The Fitted Shirt" – 3:12
  6. "Anything You Want" – 2:16
  7. "Take a Walk" – 2:26
  8. "1020 AM" – 2:10
  9. "Take the Fifth" – 3:56
  10. "This Book Is a Movie" – 3:33
  11. "Chicago at Night" – 2:47

Personnel[edit]

  • Britt Daniel - voice, guitar, piano, organ, kalimba
  • Joshua Zarbo - bass, voice
  • Jim Eno - drums, tambourine

Additional musicians:

  • Conrad Keely - Mellotron on tracks 1 and 8
  • Laura Phelan - vibraphone on tracks 1 and 10
  • Lee Spencer - harpsichord on track 5
  • Ames Asbell - viola on track 10

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard Top Independent Albums 46

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