SPOON: Hot Thoughts (CD)
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SPOON: Hot Thoughts (CD)
Release date: March 17, 2017.
March 17 sees the release of ‘Hot Thoughts’, the 9th studio album from Spoon, available world wide from Matador Records. ’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated.
Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.
Debut single and title track, Hot Thoughts (available Jan. 17th) is being Cadel a “scorcher” and an “orchestral disco opus” and gives the band the genre-smasher they have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.
The ten songs on Hot Thoughts run the gamut from the kaleidoscopic opening title track (as tone-setting as say, “Dirty Mind” for the album it commences) through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and the deadpan swing of “Tear It Down” — less the telling of an apocalyptic vision and more what Daniel describes as a song about “empathy for strangers.”
Without question, the prior works of Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, bassist Rob Pope and no-longer-a-secret weapon Alex Fischel have scaled some lofty heights (from 1996 debut LP Telephono, 1998’s A Series Of Sneaks, 2001’s Girls Can Tell, 2002’s Kill The Moonlight, 2005’s recently reissued in deluxe 10th anniversary grandeur Gimme Fiction, through the trifecta of U.S. Top 10 albums that was Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010) and They Want My Soul (2014), you’re talking about a winning streak that’s nothing short of Mayweather-esque), but Hot Thoughts is a daring, futuristic chapter in the Spoon story. Daniel’s spot in the pantheon of rock's genius songwriters was established long ago—but with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on Hot Thoughts, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.
“As consistent as it is beloved, Spoon never fails to hit its mark — delivered forcefully, and with hooks for days…has a rangy, swirly sparkle to it, portending an album that spreads out for a bit of a journey.” – NPR
“The dynamic new song rises and falls like an orchestral disco opus, with singer Britt Daniels first unleashing a mechanized croon over a simple beat and trembling strings that bursts with a flourish of guitars. ‘Hot Thoughts’ grows vibrant with each peak and closes with Daniels wailing over a euphoric vamp.” - ROLLING STONE
“Whew, is the song a scorcher…mixes sultry disco-indebted bass with jarring orchestral moments and psychedelic sweeps.” – VULTURE
“Exuding a familiar swaggering essence this band will probably never shake, this song brings in all sorts of unexpected ingredients, from a beat that could practically qualify as dance-rock to dramatic orchestral accents. It’s fascinating.” – STEREOGUM