SPOON – ” Lucifer On The Sofa “

Posted: February 17, 2022 in MUSIC
Spoon - Lucifer On The Sofa

Spoon! The celebrated indie-rockers would have had the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Hot Thoughts’ with us a lot sooner than now, but that pesky pandemic interrupted the recording sessions for the intriguingly-titled ‘Lucifer On The Sofa’. Fortunately the album is finally with us now, and it’s a doozy. More seasoned Spoonites than I have heralded this as possibly the group’s best ever LP. This isn’t something one often hears about a band ten albums deep, but after giving it a quick spin I’ve got to say that they might be on to something. Spoon sound invigorated here, playing with panache and wit, and the grooves on cuts like ‘Wild’ and ‘Feels Alright’ are so righteously rollicking that they bring Eels and the more Rolling Stones-facing bits of Beck to mind.

Its Spoon’s tenth album, “Lucifer on the Sofa”, is the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years – both in and out of lockdown – these songs mark a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more full-colour.

This is not a return to the Spoon of “Girls Can Tell” or “Kill the Moonlight“, records that were so spare you could pick out every instrument on every song. Spoon sound huge here — it’s a modern studio album but these 10 songs crackle with electricity. “The Hardest Cut,” a snarling number with clear roots in ZZ Top, is pure Texas boogie but also pure Spoon. You can hear the curl on Daniel’s lip in his delivery. “The Devil & Mr Jones” is another track that plays with traditional rock tropes — Stonesy riff, Santana-y leads, deals with Satan — but does so with such style and palpable energy (and nicely subtle sax), that they make it their own.

From the detuned guitars anchoring “The Hardest Cut,” to the urgency of “Wild,” to the band’s blown-out cover of the Smog classic “Held,” Lucifer on the Sofa bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first-take. According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”

Spoon is one of the few bands where you can expect that their next album is going to be yet another masterwork. “Lucifer on the Sofa” is no exception and that is an understatement. This is one of Spoon’s best albums. It is definitely stripped down from their last album “Hot Thoughts“, with more emphasis on guitar and hooks. Spoon is still at the top of their game 26 years into their career. 

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