Austin rock veterans Spoon have released Hot Thoughts, their ninth studio album, through Matador Records. The LP features ten songs covering 41 minutes, and was produced by the band with Dave Fridmann.
On the whole, Hot Thoughts is an album highlighting Spoon’s cleverness of mixing quirky beats and catchy melodies for an enjoyable listen. Frontman Britt Daniel is in fine form, showing his unique ability to put all his energy into the music. As we have come to expect, the band sound great and Fridmann’s production is excellent.
There is a good balance between frenetic energy and mellow moments, but what the album may lack is crossover appeal. The band have earned their status as indie rock cult legends since they formed in 1993, but this album isn’t going to do much to help their appeal with wider audiences. In fact, Hot Thoughts is probably a step farther away from the pop mainstream than their previous effort, 2013’s They Want My Soul.
The LP opens up with a solid 1-2 punch of danceable indie rock with the title track and “WhisperI’lllistentohearit.” From front to back the album is good, and our favorite parts include the disco rock of “First Caress,” the hypnotic “Pink Up,” the witty lyrics of “Do I Have to Talk You Into It,” the funky “Can I Sit Next to You,” the colorful keyboards on “I Ain’t the One,” and the adrenaline-pumping “Shotgun.”
Pick up Hot Thoughts on Amazon. You can also stream the full LP for free above, via Spotify.
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