Spoon released their album, They Want My Soul on Sept. 2, and while staying true to their unique art rock sound, the album is unique to everything they’ve done previously. The band, from Austin, Texas, is comprised of Britt Daniel (vocals, guitar), Jim Eno (drums), Rob Pope (Bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Eric Harvey (keyboard, guitar, percussion, backing vocals) and Alex Fischel (keyboard, guitar).
This is the band’s 8th full-length studio album and the longest wait between any of their previous records. With four years in between their last album Transference (2010) and They Want My Soul (2014), the band’s alternative sound has shifted to something edgier and more youthful.
The album is put together beautifully with a coherent flow from one track to the next. The album starts with the song, “Rent I pay” which adheres to the band’s familiar alternative, blues-rock sound. The song is slower but fun and humorous which is the vibe of much of Spoon’s music.
The band portrays a lot of jazz elements as well, such as in the track Rainy Taxi. The intro to the song is only slightly longer than a typical introduction but it allows you to revel in all the sounds and details of the tune. There aren’t many words to the song, but it’s a track that allows for the details of their music to be put on the spotlight and the music is interesting enough that you’re not wondering when the next lyric will be.
Overall, the record is very soulful and original. While the album is being considered Spoon’s big break into the mainstream music industry, they have stayed true to their own sound but for the alternative rock fan, it is an album you definitely want to sit back to as soon as possible.
Spoon will be playing in the Hamilton Super Crawl on Sept. 13 at 10:30 p.m.