Hot Thoughts, Spoon’s 9th album, is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their career, though keep in mind, Britt Daniel has already overseen a number of other reincarnations. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the band both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about Spoon are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say Hot Thoughts doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms — WE DIDN'T SAY THIS WAS A DIFFERENT BAND (though this is the first Spoon album with no acoustic guitar) — but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s 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.

The ten songs on Hot Thoughts run the gamut from the kaleidoscopic opening title track (as tone-setting as say, “Dirty Mind” for the album it commences) through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and the deadpan swing of “Tear It Down” — less the telling of an apocalyptic vision and more what Daniel describes as a song about “empathy for strangers.” Ample recognition should be tossed in the direction of Dave Fridmann, whose wizard-level ingenuity has brought a diabolical sheen to the band’s swagger (there may be many great ways to occupy one’s time in Cassadaga, New York, but we do know that holing up at Fridmann’s studio to make a masterpiece is one of them).

Without question, the prior works of Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, bassist Rob Pope and no-longer-a-secret weapon Alex Fischel have scaled some lofty heights (from 1996 debut LP Telephono, 1998’s A Series Of Sneaks, 2001’s Girls Can Tell, 2002’s Kill The Moonlight, 2005’s recently reissued in deluxe 10th anniversary grandeur Gimme Fiction, through the trifecta of U.S. Top 10 albums that was Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), Transference (2010) and They Want My Soul (2014), you’re talking about a winning streak that’s nothing short of Mayweather-esque), but Hot Thoughts is a daring, futuristic chapter in the Spoon story. Daniel’s spot in the pantheon of rock's genius songwriters was established long ago—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. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Past Shows


Jun
30
th
2018
Surly Brewing Festival Field
Jun
30
th
2018
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Spoon and Grizzly Bear

with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Dec
11
th
2017
Turf Club
Dec
11
th
2017
Turf Club
Sep
16
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Sep
16
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Spoon

with Twin Peaks
Sep
15
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Sep
15
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Spoon

with Twin Peaks
Sep
19
th
2014
State Theatre
Sep
19
th
2014
State Theatre

Spoon

with EMA
Apr
3
rd
2010
Mainroom
Apr
3
rd
2010
Mainroom

Spoon

with Deerhunter and Micachu & The Shapes
Apr
2
nd
2010
Mainroom
Apr
2
nd
2010
Mainroom

Spoon

with Deerhunter and Micachu & The Shapes

More Shows

Nov
4
th
7th St Entry

Fires of Denmark, Jae Havoc and The Misdemeanors

Nov
18
th
Turf Club

AMERICAN SCARECROWS

with General B and the Wiz and Oklahoma
Apr
20
th
7th St Entry

Allie X

Feb
7
th
7th St Entry

Gracie Abrams