Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Spoon are a confident and cool band....
Spoon : Hot Thoughts
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Spoon : Hot Thoughts


Spoon are a confident and cool band. This had been known for a while, but they’d been seen in everything from catchy mainstream appeal to more experimental darkness. 2014’s They Want My Soul (QRO review) brought their confident cool to the fore, and that continues with Hot Thoughts.

Continues right from the get-go with the titular opener, with a chill frontman Britt Daniel. The best songs on Thoughts have a cool wry nature to them, but also a great beat behind, and hooky chorus/title line, such as “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and “Shotgun”. There are more pressing moments, such as “WhisperI’lllistentohearit” or the sharper “Can I Sit Next To You”, and it ends with a saxophone-led instrumental “Us”, but it is still the cool confidence that is the core.

Admittedly fairly similar to Soul (“Tear It Down” sounds a lot like Soul’s “Outlier”, minus the anti-Garden State reference), Hot Thoughts reconfirms Spoon’s confidence and cool.

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