Transference (album)

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Studio album by Spoon
Released January 15, 2010 (2010-01-15)
Length 43:07
Label Merge
Producer Britt Daniel, Jim Eno
Spoon chronology
Got Nuffin
They Want My Soul
Singles from Transference
  1. "Written in Reverse"
    Released: December 1, 2009

Transference is the seventh studio album by the American indie rock band Spoon. It was released on January 18, 2010 in Europe and on January 19 in North America.[3] In Australia, it was released on January 15 through Spunk Records.

The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 53,000 copies in its first week.[4]

The cover shows an untitled 1970 photo by the American photographer William Eggleston.[5]

Transference was placed in the No. 9 position in Exclaim!'s list of Best Pop & Rock Albums of 2010.[6] Exclaim! writer, Ben Conoley said: "With Transference, Spoon take a more minimalist approach than predecessors Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimme Fiction, demonstrating that great rock music doesn't need more than confidence, swagger and good hooks." This album was number 22 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
A.V. Club (A-)[9]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[10]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[11]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[12]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[13]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[14]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[15]
musicOMH 2.5/5 stars[16]
NME (7/10)[17]
Paste (8.5/10)[18]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10)[19]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[20]
PopMatters 4/5 stars[21]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[1]

All songs written and composed by Britt Daniel

No. Title Length
1. "Before Destruction"   3:17
2. "Is Love Forever?"   2:07
3. "The Mystery Zone"   4:59
4. "Who Makes Your Money"   3:44
5. "Written in Reverse"   4:18
6. "I Saw the Light"   5:32
7. "Trouble Comes Running"   3:05
8. "Goodnight Laura"   2:28
9. "Out Go the Lights"   4:36
10. "Got Nuffin"   3:58
11. "Nobody Gets Me But You"   4:56
  • "The Mystery Zone" has a track length of 5:50 on the LP version.


  • Britt Daniel - lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, piano, shaker, tambourine
  • Jim Eno - drums
  • Eric Harvey - keyboard, guitar, piano, backing vocals, sound effects
  • Rob Pope - bass, guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, melodica