Austin indie rock band, Spoon, has a genuine sleeper on their hands with their 8th and latest album, “They Want My Soul”, that quietly reached no. 4 briefly on the billboard charts late this past summer. It’s sleeper because it might take you two or three listening’s until Spoon’s own infectious “Soul” creeps up and hooks you. For example, the albums’ catchy second track “Inside Out” that has a cascading keyboard solo that sounds just like a harp.
First new album in 4 years
Last fall, after a four year absence which is a long time in the music biz -the band members needed a break – singer-guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno reconvened Spoon – the group they founded some 20 years ago –and started laying down tracks for “They Want My Soul”. The album was released last August but in July, the band offered a one of a kind, vinyl gratification gift immediately handed out to anyone who pre-ordered the vinyl album – a ten inch 45 with 3 preview songs.
Less guitars – more synth
Working with new producers, Daniel has expanded Spoon’s sound with less electric guitars and more synth – pop and it pays off as it does on “Knock Knock Knock” and the very 80’s sounding synth of “Outlier”.
Not to worry though Daniels’ guitars still dominate a few cuts like the crunchy opener “Rent I Pay”, one of three songs off this album Spoon performed on John Stewart’s election “Democalypse 2014” TV special Oct. 30th.
Spoon still forking it over
When it gets right down to it, Spoon has always been singer Britt Daniels’ baby ever since the group’s inception back in 1993. Seemingly not interested in breaking away from it’s indie rock labeling and going after mainstream acceptance, probably by design, Spoon remains a relevant band by continually updating continually their sound- although somewhat slowly- with each new release. The 43 yr. old Daniels seems content to keep his group on even keel and steady as she goes while doing it his way on Spoon’s title track “They Want My Soul”. One thing for sure, he’s not caving in. Thank goodness for that. – Eric Berg
Spoon performing live at Seattle’s KEXP studios, July 24, 2014