Spoon – Lucifer On The Sofa (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Spoon – Lucifer On The Sofa (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:33 minutes | 799 MB | Genre: Indie Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Matador

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. 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.” TRACKLISTING Held The Hardest Cut The Devil & Mister Jones Wild My Babe Feels Alright On The Radio Astral Jacket Satellite Lucifer On The Sofa

After three decades, Spoon are undoubtedly masters of their craft. Having fully absorbed all their obvious influences from the Pixies to Tom Petty, they have a style that is identifiably their own. The idea now is to enrich and to find enough variations to keep the music fresh and moving forward. While their last album, 2017’s Hot Thoughts, added electronics and even a drum machine, Lucifer on the Sofa has a more stripped-down guitar band sound. Vocalist/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno recorded in Austin, TX, where the two had co-founded Spoon in 1993. Daniel moved back a few years ago (followed shortly after by guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel) and Eno’s been running his Public Hi-Fi Recording studio there since 1998. They felt Austin would re-energize and inspire them, and Eno’s studio would provide recording scheduling ease. (In the title track Daniel directly references the city: “Now you’re thinking about Dale Watson/ Thinking about Turquoise/ All along West Avenue/ While those Blackbirds make their noise.”) Given the strength of the new material here, the decision to make an album in Texas for the first time in a decade has worked out. The opening cover of Smog’s “Held” is paced by a sharp, snaky guitar line and passing electronic squalls. Guitars in a loopy, low line with edged weapon accents drive “The Hardest Cut.” Always a thread in their deep catalog, Daniel’s inclination to add a pop turn now and then surfaces in the bouncy, “The Devil & Mister Jones.” A different, though still accessible turn completes the love song stomp, “My Babe.”

Mirroring the band’s career arc, Lucifer on the Sofa gets stronger as it plays on. Eno’s drumming, one of the pillars of the Spoon ethos along with Daniel’s voice (which remains in elastic shape), comes to the forefront in “Feels Alright,” which along with the succeeding track “On the Radio” is 2022 Spoon at their very best: rhythmic, still urgent, and with sly hooks that have just a dash of raw punk edge. In “On The Radio” when Daniel asks, “They say, ‘How come you still play that game, John Britt?” the answer, which answers every “why” about Spoon, is in his next line: “‘Cause I was born to it.” – Robert Baird

1-1. Spoon – Held (04:44)
1-2. Spoon – The Hardest Cut (03:13)
1-3. Spoon – The Devil & Mister Jones (04:36)
1-4. Spoon – Wild (03:13)
1-5. Spoon – My Babe (03:47)
1-6. Spoon – Feels Alright (02:56)
1-7. Spoon – On The Radio (03:19)
1-8. Spoon – Astral Jacket (03:46)
1-9. Spoon – Satellite (03:45)
1-10. Spoon – Lucifer On The Sofa (05:09)


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