Spoon Review: They Want My Soul

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In the four year gap between these Austin rockers’ last album Transference, a lot has seemed to have happened, but really, not much has seemed to change. Lead singer Britt Daniel formed supergroup Divine Fits in his time off, recording the new bands first album and taking them on tour along the way. Bassist Rob Pope toured with his other band The Get Up Kids, while multi-talent Eric Harvey recorded his first solo album. Finally, drummer/producer Jim Eno continued to build his producer resume, adding a handful of hot indie bands such as Wild Cub, Phosphorescent, Polica, !!!, and Tennis to his long list of production credits. They also left the infamous independent record label Merge to jump over to a Warner Bros. subsidiary Loma Vista (St. Vincent, Rhye, Cut Copy). They even added two new members to the team. Alex Fischel, who has officailly joined the band as another keyboardist/guitarist (he was in Divine Fits with Daniel), and they recruited legendary indie producer David Friedmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT, Tame Impala) instead of producing the album themselves as they normally do. With every member of the band off doing non-Spoon related projects, as well as changing so much of the structure of how they have previously made recorded music for so many albums in a row, you would think there would be some sort of dramatic shift in sound, song, or quality. But luckily, no. Same great old Spoon!
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