"They Want Your Soul" is the eighth studio album from Spoon, an indie rock outfit from Austin, Texas that you've probably never heard of.
A band usually doesn't make it to their eighth album if they aren't finding some sort of success or notoriety, and while Spoon certainly has had success, they aren't as well known as veteran bands such as Radiohead or Incubus.
However, they've consistently released albums that have been well-received by both fans and critics since 1996's "Telephono," and their latest release is no exception.
Shown is the cover of “They Want Your Soul,” the eighth studio album from Austin, Texas-based indie-rock group Spoon.
"They Want Your Soul" comes after the longest break between albums in the band's history, their last being 2010's "Transference."
The time off gave members a chance to pursue other projects - most notable is frontman Britt Daniel's group Divine Fits - and to re-enter the studio with a fresh drive and perspective.
That freshness appears most in the album's sound production. Everything is crisp, clear and mixed in a way that leaves space despite dense instrumentation. The vocals never get lost, even on a track like "New York Kiss" that has heavy bass and drums, a pair of guitars and a few synth tracks.
This is important, because Britt Daniel's voice is the most interesting thing on this album. Versatile and malleable, Daniel shows thoughtful control as he brings out the rasp on the heavier tracks or reins it in for the lighter, dancier songs.
The album sounds like the result of putting the best elements of rock, pop and dance music into an indie blender. The album opens with "Rent I Pay," which is all-out rock 'n' roll driven by guitar tracks reminiscent of the 1970s.
Next comes the poppier "Inside Out," which is a spacious, mellow track driven by a thick drum beat and some rich synth chords.
They go back to rock on the third track "Rainy Taxi," yet it's much more dark and modern than the opener. This variety, paired with the versatility of Daniel's voice, makes a listening experience that keeps you guessing and never bores.
There is a small problem with "They Want Your Soul": if you've ever heard a Spoon album, you won't hear anything particularly new here.
While it may be a little crisper and cleaner than usual, it's still Spoon as they've always sounded. Another qualm is that while listening, this album is extremely catchy and enjoyable, afterwards it becomes somewhat forgettable. There are a lot of good hooks on this album that just don't seem to stick after the song is over.
Regardless, "They Want Your Soul" is another solid album from one of the most consistent, dependable bands in rock music.