One of Paste Magazine's "The 20 Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)"!
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. Thats not to say Hot Thoughts doesn't have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but theres a lyrical bent thats as carnal as its crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.
Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador, let's acknowledge that Britt Daniels spot in the pantheon of rocks genius songwriters was well established a ways back, 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. Its pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.
"Spoons ninth album, Hot Thoughts, succeeds first and foremost as a disarmingly subtle way of taking a meaningful evolutionary step as a band. Even a quick listen reveals that the veteran Austin rockers have taken their sonic palette to its most adventurous conclusion. It's not the first time they've been willing to bathe their sound in synthesizers or other electronic treatments, but it is the first time they've let some of the elegant sonic spaces truly overtake the record. To arrive at such a worthwhile new vista roughly 24 years into their career is a pretty serious achievement, and all with no more overt fanfare than a humble presentation of one of their best offerings." - Jeff Leven, Paste Magazine
1. Hot Thoughts
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
1. Can I Sit Next To You
2. I Ain't The One
3. Tear It Down