Girls Can Tell

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Girls Can Tell
A vinyl record spinning
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2001
StudioJim Eno's home studio in Austin, Texas
Spoon chronology
Love Ways
Girls Can Tell
Kill the Moonlight

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, played bass on Spoon's subsequent album, Kill the Moonlight.

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


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press4/5[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]
The Village VoiceB+[2]

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Britt Daniel except 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
Total length:36:08


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


Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard Top Independent Albums 46


  1. ^ a b Raftery, Brian M. (March 9, 2001). "Girls Can Tell". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 12, 2002). "Consumer Guide: 2001 Gets Better". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Klein, Joshua. "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 9, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Pitchfork staff (September 30, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 100–51". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Reviews for Girls Can Tell by Spoon". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Girls Can Tell – Spoon". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Alternative Press (154): 97. May 2001.
  8. ^ Mirov, Nick (February 20, 2001). "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Catucci, Nick (2004). "Spoon". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 770. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ "Spoon: Girls Can Tell". Uncut (55): 118. December 2001.