CD reviews: Spoon

Hailing from Austin, Texas, respected alt-rock outfit Spoon enlisted producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips) for their ninth studio album.

The result, Hot Thoughts, is funky and angular, destined to draw more than a few on to the dance-floor via the serve-the-song jazz tendencies of drummer Jim Eno and a focus as much on space as the essential push and pull of each track. Yet it also rewards those who’d prefer to remain on the couch, Alex Fischel’s keyboards and founding member Britt Daniel’s dexterous voice (I Ain’t the One, Cooperation)  prove that industry survival need not equal tiredness. Here there’s a quest for inventive interplay.

• Spoon. Hot Thoughts. Matador Records. 

• Four stars (out of five)

Single download: I Turn My Camera On
For those who like: Radiohead, Blur

— Shane Gilchrist

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