On any Spoon album, there's plenty of songs that sound like Spoon -- it's easy to recognize their music -- but no true representative of what you'll find with the band's new set of tracks. Same goes for Transference, out last week.
This is a diverse, wholly enjoyable set that runs the gamut from languid piano to starchy indie-pop, the closest thing beside consistency that the band has to a calling card. Everything is great, even the editing experiments on early tracks. (Vocals and arpeggios are literally chopped midstream.)
"Trouble Comes Running" might be the easiest to like on first listen, with its "Jonathan Fisk" punch and "Sister Jack" lament. Do yourself a favor and get familiar with the rest.