They Want My Soul "You're gonna take another chunk of me with you when you go," Britt Daniel snarls on "Let Me Be Mine," the pulsing penultimate track on… They Want My Soul "You're gonna take another chunk of me with you when you go," Britt Daniel snarls on "Let Me Be Mine," the pulsing penultimate track on… 2014-08-05 Spoon Indie Rock
Music Review

They Want My Soul (2014)

THEY WANT MY SOUL Spoon
THEY WANT MY SOUL Spoon
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 05, 2014; Lead Performance: Spoon; Genre: Indie Rock

''You're gonna take another chunk of me with you when you go,'' Britt Daniel snarls on ''Let Me Be Mine,'' the pulsing penultimate track on Spoon's latest. Rarely does someone manage to sound so defeated while being so indefatigable. But then, Daniel & Co. have been pulling it off for more than 20 years now. Their best songs tend to grab you for either a kiss on the mouth or a slap in the face; eight albums in, the band loosens its grip just a little. There are casual stunners like ''Rent I Pay'' and ''Do You'' — the kinds of effortless spurts of stomping indie and slurry R&B that have come to define the group. But Soul's got some new tricks, too, mainly a subtle but noticeable shift toward smoother, keyboard-heavy pop. Unfortunately, not every track leaves a mark. No matter: When a band like Spoon is offering any chunk of itself, you take whatever you can get. B+

Originally posted Aug 08, 2014 Published in issue #1324 Aug 08, 2014 Order article reprints
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