Review: Spoon ‘Hot Thoughts’

American rock band Spoon has widely been regarded as one of the best chameleon groups in modern music history. Their incredible ability to transcend the many genres of music with each full length project has bewildered thousands, resulting in endless showers of praise and an incredibly steady fan base. In fact, Spoon was considered by Metacritc (the well known review aggregate) to be the most consistently appraised band of the 21st century’s first 10 years.

On Hot Thoughts, Spoon does nothing but continue to innovate and experiment with engaging sounds. Bringing the often uninspired dance genres into the mix, the Austin rockers concoct a project blistering with passion, color and excitement. Packed with a flurry of unique tracks, the band caters to the expected rock crowd that has followed them for years while also offering unique, genre bending bangers and unexpectedly stripped anthems in places where they’re least expected. The results are positively mind-blowing.

The title track simmers with shimmering disco vibes before exploding into a kaleidoscopic array of dizzying instrumentation. The energy continues on “WhisperI’lllistentohearit”, which progresses in intensity with each passing second, culminating in a final run featuring heavy guitar, drum and tambourin.

Meanwhile, the stomp heavy “Can I Sit Next You” brings borderline abrasive vocals to a boil against an electro back beat that continues to unfold and morph as the track presses on. This flow of energy continues in a relatively uniform pattern across the album’s ten tracks and nearly forty minute long runtime.

“I Ain’t the One” starts off comfortable enough, almost like a mid 2000s alternative radio offering, before re-charging with a potent, haunting mix of all-too-real lyrical content and sweeping electro backings. And to cap it all off, closing track “Us” contains what feels like elements of each track

Missteps on this record aren’t frequent and none of the tracks feel out of place. Instead, they feel slightly too rooted in one genre or another: “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” wouldn’t sound out of place on Spoon’s previous LP They Want My Soul, while “Shotgun” embraces the electro-disco fusion that encompasses the record a little too willingly.

With Hot Thoughts, Spoon once again prove that experimentation can lead to engrossing, fulfilling experiences when executed with such precision. If only it were this easy for other artists to bend so seamlessly.

Best Tracks: “Can I Sit Next to You”, “WhisperI’lllistentohearit”, “I Ain’t the One”, “Us”, “Hot Thoughts”

Rating: 8.9/10


cdschart • March 19, 2017

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