Artist: Spoon

Album: Hot Thoughts

Genre(s): Indie Pop, Art Pop

Spoon have come out with their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts, which is widely satisfying on a variety of levels. Comprising of ten songs, out of which two are full-blown instrumentals, the indie pop-rock genre has been stretched to a wide range, carrying quite a few muses for the highly anticipated album.

Track Rating
1.       Hot Thoughts ★★★½☆
2.       WhisperI’lllistentohearit ★★★★☆
3.       Do I Have to Talk You Into It ★★★★☆
4.       First Caress ★★★★☆
5.       Pink Up ★★★★☆
6.       Can I Sit Next To You ★★★★☆
7.       I Ain’t The One ★★★★½
8.       Tear It Down ★★★★☆
9.       Shotgun ★★★½☆
10.     Us ★★★★½

 

  1. Hot Thoughts

This funky, Bee Gees-sounding track opens the album on a high, brimming with energy and setting the stage for what’s in store. This could very well be your ‘feeling good’ morning jam, the amount of spunk urging you to get a boost. The repetitive riffs make the song catchy, while the lines themselves contain just that tiny amount of cheek.

  1. WhisperI’lllistentohearit

Decidedly electronic, this one’s got a progressive vibe to it, like a swell. What starts as a downtempo synth number morphs into almost stadium rock, and that is what Spoon have you wondering over. That mystery girl from the first track is back, and you start sensing a relatable pattern.

  1. Do I Have To Talk You Into It

A song that doesn’t try to fit into any genre, that’s what Do I Have To Talk You Into It is for you. An amalgamation of sounds hits you, in no set pattern and the term art pop starts making sense. The desperate longing continues, and you feel it in the feverish mood.

  1. First Caress

First Caress sounds like a fun indie rock number, and the descending piano notes are icing on the cake. A storyline about an estranged lover with witty lines like “Coconut milk, coconut water” keeps things interesting.

  1. Pink Up

An interesting minimalistic intro greets you, and at no specific point merges into the song. You get dance beats, ooh-aahs, interesting percussions, philosophical insights, and everything in between. This could well be the figurative equivalent of abstract art.

  1. Can I Sit Next To You

Can I Sit Next To You is a cool song, and a legit one at that. That psychedelic synth riff is the kind of stuff you’d be used to by now, and could easily be that one thing that separates Spoon from their counterparts. The imagery of ‘that girl’ is carried forward, keeping the motif intact.

  1. I Ain’t The One

You get a very rock-sounding track with I Ain’t The One, albeit with that electronic twist. From the raspy vocals to the solid beat, things spill out in a self-assured fashion – that one go-to song at this stage in the album. The lyrics are rich in terms of undertones and only serve to elevate the song.

  1. Tear It Down

A Coldplay-ish organ intro sets you up for an uptempo pop rocker, that goes on to give a nonchalant, liberating feel. The eager piano chords do more than their part and keep you amused. Another ‘hit’ material, this one’s a classic case of playing to the crowd, though in no means resorting to the usual.

  1. Shotgun

Dance and hip-hop beats come together in this outlandish number, in what feels like a sizeable dosage of self-indulgence. The lyrics are on the same lines, taking on a ‘rebel without a cause’ vibe.

  1. Us

An exquisitely crafted play on saxophones, part hypnotic, part dystopian, finds itself in similar territory as Pink You. Outrageous and flamboyant, this one plays to your imagination like no other, taking you on a  extravagant aural trip.

Verdict: An album filled with creative ideas, Hot Thoughts delivers high on quality.

Picks of the album: I Ain’t The One, Us

Overall rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆