They Want My Soul, Spoon’s eighth album wallops you from the opening second of “Rent I Pay,” when that snare drum hits like an artillery shell fired in an empty warehouse, and defines the end, where it expands and contracts around the shimmery new-wave buzz of a closer “New York Kiss.”
However the in between songs is where it gets really juicy. On “Do You,” Daniel lets us have it both ways: the jangly, simple hand claps adorning perhaps Spoon’s most unabashedly straightforward love letter; his backing vocals scream in the background, while he pleads: “Do you want to get understood / do you want one thing or are you looking for sainthood? Do you run when it’s just getting good? Or do you, do you do you…” Britt Daniel’s voice has never torn itself apart as exquisitely as it does here.
The beauty of “Knock Knock Knock” is the end rhyme lyrics written with a thorn line. Is it a tale of a bad relationship’s vicious cycle? The music starts with calm acoustic guitar with a heartbeat of the drum. All is good. Then the screeching guitar gets mixed in. Chaos begins. Ending with a fading heartbeat.
The waltzy torch song “I Just Don’t Understand,” originally made famous by Swedish-American actress Ann-Margret in 1961 is Spoon’s idea of a cover. An effortless transformation of the original by Daniel’s dazed confusion and the song’s increasingly unhinged momentum.
This how indie rock albums should sound, the songs rip and burst and have a story to tell.
Enjoy the Music – David
- “Rent I Pay”
- “Inside Out”
- “Rainy Taxi”
- “Do You”
- “Knock Knock Knock”
- “They Want My Soul”
- “I Just Don’t Understand” (Ann-Margret cover)
- “Let Me Be Mine”
- “New York Kiss”