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Upcoming album from Loma Vista/Republic Records' Austin-based band, Spoon, features the single, Rent I Pay.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loma Vista
  • ASIN: B00KTZAL9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Vinyl
Oh, good grief, this is a great album.

Divine Fits, the band and album that Britt Daniel was involved with in 2012, found me in the minority that felt it was a very mediocre effort, especially after Spoon's excellent 2010 album, 'Transference'. But either way, it seems to have cleaned his creative pipes and also brought guitarist / keyboard player Alex Fischel into Spoon's lineup. Despite my feelings about Divine Fits' music, with the triumph that is 'They Want My Soul', I can now appreciate that project in a different way.

Frequently, with my favorite albums, there's one song that doesn't quite hit the mark. On Radiohead's 'OK Computer', for example, I could easily do without 'Electioneering'. 'Huey Newton' from St. Vincent's record of the same name, I could take it or leave it. I like those songs but wouldn't miss them. 'They Want My Soul' isn't one of those records. Every single song is a piece of aural crack cocaine, an ear-worm ready to burrow into your brain. In short, they're all essential.

Produced by Dave Fridmann (other credits include Neil Finn, The Flaming Lips, OK Go), Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Shins) as well as by the band, the album nevertheless has a seamless quality. The production is uniformly excellent and embellishes the tracks without becoming the main event. These are ten strong songs and would be even without any added studio magic. But, at the same time, the production cannot be ignored. The interplay of guitars, the types of guitar sounds, the use of echos, vocal layering, a judicious use of electronics, etc, are all so right. It's as if everyone involved picked the perfect instrument or sound and placed it in the perfect place. It's impossible to imagine the songs being better or any other way.
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It's been a long wait but after four years Austin rockers Spoon have graced us with their new record, They Want My Soul. And is it ever sweet.

Everything about this record works beautifully, combining Spoon's traditional sound with subtle nuances and productions flourishes that build on what's come before. The opener Rent I Pay is instantly recognizable, carrying the group's attitude and energy in style. The album's title track is not only fun but once again will feel familiar to fans without coming off as recycled. Let Me Be Mine isn't far behind and reminds us of what this group can do with a solid beat and infectious groove. These throwbacks are stellar but they're only the beginning of where this LP shines.

Frontman Britt Daniel hasn't left his witty lyrics and catchy melodies behind. Rainy Taxi, complete with its 70's guitars, is a highlight and instantly became a favorite of mine. Do You and Outlier are both poppy excursions into what Spoon does best. The Tom Petty-inspired I Just Don't Understand is another highlight, as is New York Kiss. Perhaps the finest moment comes with Inside Out. From its atmospheric intro, dreamy keyboard swirls and subtle hip hop beat, it's undeniably my favorite cut on the record.

The one minor complaint I have is in the production department. The sound is pretty compressed and it takes a track like Knock Knock Knock, which is itself a great song, and makes it far too abrasive. It's not enough to really bring the record down but it is unfortunate that such a wonderful album suffers from less than ideal production. Bringing Dave Fridmann on board as part of the production staff is most likely to blame for this.
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Already love this album. And I love that it unapologetically sounds 100% like Spoon.

I listen to a lot of music and I know how rare it is for a group/artist to put out multiple great albums. Hell, even multiple good albums is a rare feat.

Spoon are a machine: Girls Can Tell, Kill the Moonlight, Gimme Fiction, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Transference, They Want My Soul

Even A Series of Sneaks is better than most bands' A material.

In a world of cookie-cutter pop music garbage, thank god for Spoon.
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I've listened to this album extensively over the past week. I love it. But I need somebody else's opinion about this.

The mix on this record is absolutely horrific. At first, I thought it was the mp3's I'd bought from Amazon. Perhaps just a little bit of compression, on a Spoon record will cause the audio quality to (noticeably) decrease?

But then I'd purchased the .flac files. If you're unaware of this audio format, .flac is compressed audio, with no loss of sound quality (resulting in much larger files). This is unlike .mp3 files which suffer some quality loss. But, usually that is very hard to discern.

Still, even with .flac, a stupid amount of volume "peaking" and distortion exists.

Now, I understand, this is Spoon. They will have distortion baked into their music. At the right levels, it is quite enjoyable. But this is absurd. I can't comfortably listen (and enjoy) the music. I have to rank this album lower than what it deserves because of the production. Trust me, I want to enjoy this album. I bought it twice!

Am I right? Is this just over produced?
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