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Editor’s Pick #230: Spoon’s “Written In Reverse” by JohnCassillo

"Written In Reverse" is the first single off Spoon's Transference

PREVIEW: Listen to “Written In Reverse” at NPR

The hype’s already getting rolling for a bunch of albums coming out this January–namely new material by Beach House, Vampire Weekend and of course, Spoon.

“Written In Reverse” is the first single off of Spoon’s Transference, and if it’s any indication of the rest of the effort, we’re in for quite a different experience than 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Lead singer Britt Daniel‘s vocals are less concise–sprawling over the dirty, rock ‘n’ roll background. It’s repetitious, basic and busy. Yet, the track works, somehow. Evoking some visions of The White Stripes‘ experimentation on Get Behind Me Satan, Transference very well could be a new chapter in Spoon’s interesting career. However, we’ll just have to wait until its release to get the final verdict.

Spoon’s Transference is out via Merge Records on January 19th.

–John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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