Hot Thoughts by Spoon
Consistently good. This is not a musical level that is easily attained, but continues to be a theme here at The Bacon Review. Look at Spoon, for instance. Their album, They Want My Soul, was #3 in 2014, and while the previous album to that, Transference in 2010, didn’t make that year’s Top 31, I’m confident that all of their previous albums would have made the cut.
Hot Thoughts, the band’s ninth album, it no different. It’s a solid rock n’ roll album through and through. Britt Daniel and crew have such a knack for pop hooks and 4-minute brilliance, I’m pretty sure as long as the band keeps producing music it will be absolutely stellar.
It was a difficult decision on which video to feature above. I went with “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” because of it’s use of Photoshop as an animation medium. I use Photoshop every day in my worklife, so seeing it in a public setting like this is a kick. But do be sure to check out the video for “Can I Sit Next To You,” (I guess Spoon has a thing for song titles that should end in question marks but don’t) which I think is a better song.
Overall, Hot Thoughts is a great album start to finish. Much like most Spoon albums. If you’re not yet on the Spoon train, I recommend that you change that at any time. Doesn’t matter which car (album) you get on, they’re all equally good. Hot Thoughts is here, waiting for you to board.
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