Girls Can Tell

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Girls Can Tell
Girls Can Tell (Spoon album - cover art).png
Studio album by Spoon
Released February 20, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre
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 American 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.[4] The songwriter of The Sidehackers, John Clayton, appears on Kill the Moonlight, playing bass guitar.

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[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 4/5[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[1]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice B+[2]

The online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed Girls Can Tell at number 96 on its list of top 200 albums of the 2000s (decade).[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Britt Daniel except where noted. 

No. Title Length
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
Total length:
36:08

Personnel[edit]

Spoon
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]

Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard Top Independent Albums 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raftery, Brian M. (March 9, 2001). "Girls Can Tell". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 12, 2002). "Consumer Guide: 2001 Gets Better". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Pitchfork staff (September 30, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 100–51". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Girls Can Tell by Spoon". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Girls Can Tell – Spoon". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Alternative Press (154): 97. May 2001. 
  8. ^ Mirov, Nick (February 20, 2001). "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Uncut (55): 118. December 2001.