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VINE VOICEon 11 August 2014
I like Spoon, and somehow that feels like a confessional. They are not cutting edge, the frontiers of rock music are not gonna get smashed by these boys, what they do has been done before, and they are the kind of band you could comfortably take a new date to see and know they wouldn't offend, yes they have a safety about them, but so what!!

The thing with Spoon is they have continued to produce albums that shine, rather well done music with a verve and polish and pazzaz, and whilst it may not be all that cool to be in to Spoon , Spoon have continued to produce music that proclaims quite rightly that they are more than comfortable doing what they do, and doing it well. And there is that moment on this album when the band sticks two fingers up at those who may seem them as less than musically meritorious-" “I remember when you walked out of Garden State / because you had taste, you had taste, / you had no time to waste "...quite funny actually.

This album is chokka with great riffs and hooks and at times clever lyricism, in much the same way their last really great album " Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" was, and just like that album I already feel sure some tracks are going to grow on me with repeated plays, what seems initially ephemeral often ends up being something I play over and over and over and........

so Daniels voice still has that rasping edge, and the backline is still as solid as ever, the production is possibly a tad more lush than previously, but its still Spoon, and Im a confirmed fan, so there....................
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on 11 August 2014
Oh, good grief, this is a great album.

Divine Fits, the band and album that Britt Daniel was involved with in 2012, found me in the minority that felt it was a very mediocre effort, especially after Spoon's excellent 2010 album, 'Transference'. But either way, it seems to have cleaned his creative pipes and also brought guitarist / keyboard player Alex Fischel into Spoon's lineup. Despite my feelings about Divine Fits' music, with the triumph that is 'They Want My Soul', I can now appreciate that project in a different light.

Frequently, with my favourite albums, there's one song that doesn't quite hit the mark. On Radiohead's 'OK Computer', for example, I could easily do without 'Electioneering'. 'Huey Newton' from St. Vincent's record of the same name, I could take or leave it. I like those songs but wouldn't miss them. 'They Want My Soul' isn't one of those records. Every single song is a piece of aural crack cocaine, an ear-worm ready to burrow into your brain. In short, they're all essential.

Produced by Dave Fridmann (other credits include Neil Finn, The Flaming Lips, OK Go), Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Shins) as well as by the band the album nevertheless has a seamless quality. The production is uniformly excellent and embellishes the tracks without becoming the main event. These are ten strong songs and would be even without any added studio magic. But, at the same time, the production cannot be ignored. The interplay of guitars, the types of guitar sounds, the use of echos, vocal layering and a judicious use of electronics, etc, are all so right. It's as if everyone involved picked the perfect instrument or sound and placed it in the perfect place. It's impossible to imagine the songs being better or any other way. The overall sound of the music still has that slightly ragged Spoon sound and yet there's also a certain precision to the production too. It's an odd but thrilling juxtaposition that works incredibly well.

Which is the best track? Just pick one, any one, you won't be wrong. For me, this is the album of the year so far.


If you're considering buying the vinyl the first pressing run is all in white. The master was cut at Trutone in the U.S, a small mastering studio known for their high quality pressings, so I assume that Spoon will have made similar arrangements in the U.K. My copy is the cleanest record I've bought in a while - no general surface noise, no pops or clicks and it looks great. The Spoon web site store seems to have sold out of the limited transparent blue vinyl, at least temporarily.
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on 2 January 2015
Just about the most complete Spoon album to date. It is full of killer tracks that stay in your head for days. Great catchy riffs and melodies that constantly surprise you and leave you wanting more and more. Addictive! Favourite track among many has to be Knock, Knock, Knock but not a dud on the album. If you like music you gotta buy it.
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The Texan band "Spoon" have never really troubled the charts in the UK and yet in the States they are premier division. An oft quoted statistic on them is that the online review aggregator Metacritic has rated the band as the `overall top artist of the decade 2000-2009', beating some tough competition (including The White Stripes and Foo Fighters). Good reviews however do not necessarily signal a great band. In the case of Spoon it the outstanding consistency they have displayed over a long career which is the true signal of their substantial achievements. "They want my soul" is a significant addition to this.

This reviewer constructed some thoughts on Spoon's last album "Transference" well over four years ago (where did the time go?) It was a dark druggy little gem although it did sag in parts. "They want my soul" is much more approachable and Britt Daniels and Co have made an album which does not break any new ground other than prove that this band can write great songs in their sleep. The highlight on this album is funky "Do You" which is a the sort of pop rock gem that Spoon have almost patented. Other nice "turns" include the Spanish flavoured acoustics of "Knock, Knock, Knock" a largely acoustic workout for the band; whilst the opening thump of the Stones like opener "Rent I Pay" is a fine start to the album. There is certainly much more variety and balance on this album than the previous Spoon release and in "Outlier" there is a synth-streaked Spoon classic in the making. There are times where you wonder whether the band has penned a pop song too far. "I don't understand" does have echoes of Oasis but just about stays on the side of the angels, whilst "New York Kiss" echoes that synth based 80's pop that the Strokes have been peddling over recent years.

The scales of justice on this album do nevertheless heavily side on the good massively outweighing the odd poor track. Songs like "Rainy Taxi" are effortless power pop songs which are completely pulsating, while the slowed down synths of "Inside Out" witness an excellent throaty Britt Daniels vocal. Overall while this album probably will not see Spoon get their just deserts in the UK it will cement them as a band not in thrall to any passing fashion, content to plough on producing multi layered albums which aficionados of the band will relish.
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on 16 March 2015
Fantastic album. Never heard of them in the UK but was listening to KCRW, an american radio station, via the internet and there they were. Had a listen on spotify and downloaded them via Amazon in the space of about half an hour. Great band.
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on 22 December 2014
New to Spoon. Now have all eight CDs and one EP, all good. One band that, given their output, I don't know how I missed.

Sounds like - later stuff, up to date Squeeze (East Side Story) with an American twist. Earlier stuff, elements of Beck - with more melody.

Off-band - Divine Fits, (some Spoon members) equally overlooked!?!

Now checking out Wolf Parade - sounds like - Arcade Fire done by Squeeze.... which ain't going to happen, so totally original.

There's a common element here (Britt Daniel)..... Jack White isn't alone.
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on 3 November 2014
Spoon didin't let me down. It feels like a transitional album, that gives its best in the more unusual tracks. It doesn't hit at first, but it grows on you, for sure.
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on 11 March 2015
Spoon is a strange animal: the sound is not very special and the compositions are not extremely good, at least not good enough to compete with a lot of other bands. But somehow this band gets a lot of positive reviews in the world of alternative/indie music. For me they deliver not more than medium quality.
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on 27 September 2014
excellent stuff yet again from spoon, always a great band, but have moved uo a level since the release of GA GA GA GA GA.
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on 16 October 2014
US indie stalwarts return with another fine LP of quirky melodica.
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