Editors’ Notes During the extended break following the release of 2010’s Transference, the musicians in Spoon recharged with side-projects, studio work, and ventures in producing—all of which come to bear brilliantly on the band’s ninth full-length release. Opening with the churning guitar and crackling overdrive of “Rent I Pay,” They Want My Soul is Spoon’s most sonically adventurous album to date. “Inside Out” features the band’s lean-and-mean pop signature, but its production flourishes add depth and color—a distant smear of vintage synth-strings here, a celestial sweep harp there. Our favorite moments—like when the brittle acoustic guitar of “Knock Knock Knock” is interrupted by a nasty squall of feedback and immediately soothed by echoing “oohs,” or the bass-and-maraca pulse of “Outlier”—combine whip-smart songwriting with widescreen production.

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Rent I Pay
1
3:09
 
Inside Out
2
5:01
 
Rainy Taxi
3
3:58
 
Do You
4
3:32
 
Knock Knock Knock
5
4:39
 
Outlier
6
4:21
 
They Want My Soul
7
3:21
 
I Just Don't Understand
8
2:37
 
Let Me Be Mine
9
3:25
 
New York Kiss
10
3:26
 

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