The album opens anonymously, white noise blurring into distant vocals. This unremarkable beginning, however, serves to heighten the thrill of the inventive drumming and off-beat riffs that follow. The Mystery Zone approaches ambiguous subject matter with typically understated aplomb, while stand-out track Written In Reverse is strikingly memorable, its stop-start nature still managing to surprise with repeated listening. Daniels’s falsetto interjections (Got Nuffin) and humming solos (Goodnight Laura) add an attention to detail that gives Transference the charming character one has come to expect from a Spoon album.
Transference is no masterpiece, but it is a triumph for minimalism, sound being used with economy, making every note clear and distinct. Without being extravagant, Spoon have produced another stylish, commendable album.