- Hot Thoughts

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
CRITIC SCORE
77
Based on 26 reviews
2017 Rank: #107 / 351
USER SCORE
76
Based on
176 ratings

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100
The Guardian

Hot Thoughts is loaded with tunes, invention and adventure.

91
Consequence of Sound

Every song bursts out of its box with dizzying Technicolor touches and unexpected noises or inside-out harmonies.

91
Entertainment Weekly

Inspired in part by a newly streamlined lineup, this 10-song collection is dominated less by taut rhythm guitar than by synths, handclaps, and kickdrums. 

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Put every Spoon moment, every song, every riff, every Britt Daniels howl and whisper into a blender and you have Hot Thoughts ... Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from the most consistent band in the game.

89
Paste

Hot Thoughts is crisp, arch and flowing, proving Spoon to be among Bowie’s most astute heirs in spirit.

87
GIGsoup

Spoon's ‘Hot Thoughts’ is an album brimming with confidence, deep introspection, sonic symphonies, and multi-genre artistry. It is an album that draws upon many influences, including some of their very own.

82
Sputnikmusic

Hot Thoughts continues to tinker with a sound that long ago proved perfectly unique, yet the band is still able to somehow find something novel in past works.

80
PopMatters

The album strikes almost the perfect balance between traditional songs and adventurous sounds, which makes it stand out in Spoon’s extensive catalog of great albums.

80
The Skinny

Hot Thoughts is the perfect encapsulation of what Spoon are all about, despite frequently sounding like nothing they've ever done.

80
Drowned in Sound

Rarely does a band this far into its career, with such an established and celebrated sound, pull off a risk as well as this. The familiar intelligence of Daniel’s songwriting remains intact, and the band around him sound completely revitalised by the new approach.

80
Exclaim!

Adding some new tricks to the mix while still finding time to play to their strengths, Hot Thoughts is another strong entry in Spoon's sterling discography.

80
Rolling Stone

No one engineers post-punk propulsion into precision-tuned rock-and-roll melody better than Spoon auteur Britt Daniel. Nearly 25 years in, his group has made maybe their best record yet – a line that been repeated, accurately enough, with most every record they've made.

80
God Is in the TV

Once again, Spoon stir up an appetising cocktail of rock, pop, dance and anthemic floor-fillers ... Cracking stuff.

80
AllMusic

One of their strongest albums in a while, Hot Thoughts is more proof that Spoon only get better at introducing new ideas into their music, while sounding unmistakably like themselves, as the years pass.

80
The 405

Hot Thoughts doubles down on what we already knew: that Spoon are a band always looking to push themselves, a fact that seems to be getting more acute with each passing album, and it should be celebrated.

80
Uncut

Hot Thoughts finds Spoon at the peak of their considerable powers, their ninth album effortlessly unfolding and gradually revealing its mysteries as they cement their place in the firmament of undeniably great rock bands.

80
No Ripcord

The whole record is crafted with an air of distrust, but its execution is surgically precise. Spoon’s stream of critical acclaim shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.

80
Northern Transmissions

Daring, experimental but also, undeniably pop – ‘Hot Thoughts’ is the sound of a band enjoying some artistic freedom that’s been granted after over 24 years of being on the musical map.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Hot Thoughts provides no catharsis; the tension that pervades the record is never relieved. Instead, you’re left feeling nervous and covered in studio sheen. Hot Thoughts, therefore, may go down as the band’s most polarizing effort - but that was likely the goal: a buildup of anxiety with no release in order to evoke an emotional response.

74
Pitchfork

Spoon stay in their well-earned lane but tweak the formula just enough on their ninth album, keeping their reliably great songwriting and adding new, electronic textures.

65
Under The Radar

Hot Thoughts is no game-changer, and the band risks sounding as safe as Coldplay at times ... Sometimes taking a risk for pop can sound like no risk at all, especially with a band that sounds as effortless as Spoon.

60
Slant Magazine

Hot Thoughts is often at its most appealing, though, when it sees Spoon sticking to what they've long proven they know how to do best.

60
The Independent

Supported at home by a college radio and alt.rock infrastructure, their smart, riff-tastic indie-rock, with its modest quotient of invention, clearly sates a certain appetite; over here, it all sounds a bit dated and beside the point.

60
NME

Not many bands can make dogged experimentalism easy for consumption, but Spoon are experts in the game. ‘Hot Thoughts’ is more evidence of their serious knack for, ahem, spoon-feeding weird ideas.

60
DIY

A planned dalliance, ‘Hot Thoughts’ reveals its irony: a well-thought rush of blood, a planned frisson. It’s a turn on with limits.

58
A.V. Club

Hot Thoughts, the band’s ninth full-length, sounds like a Spoon impersonation. Layers of overthought production and tiny tricks that made the evolution of its songs such a feat in the pop division of indie rock are difficult to dig out because they weren’t placed here to begin with.

Mar 25, 2017
EMR
72
Spoon's latest album is an amalgamation of the band's many faces, a work that boasts with indie-rock energy, but that ultimately tries, once again, to deliver something fresh and exciting, and, for the most part, it must be said that the band succeeds in fitting everything they have into this tight trackisting that bursts with vitality and creativity, which, let's face it, has been their biggest selling point. On Hot Thoughts it isn't different, and even if the band fails to ace every part of ... read more
Mar 26, 2017
SiberianBreaks
63
I'd definitely consider myself a fan of Spoon - one of the few long-lasting bands in the indie rock scene who obviously put all their strengths as musicians and songwriters into crafting some sharp-as-hell tunes - but I can admit that I'm always a bit torn with their whole record-making process. They can easily maintain the title of being the most consistent, 7/10 rock band with records full of simple, easy-to-love, pop hits (primarily seen with 2014's They Want My Soul and 2007's Ga x5), but ... read more
Mar 17, 2017
Kokolores
85
Really fresh and energetic album. Compared to the former work there is a cool electronical touch recognizable, pairing perfectly with the rock and alternative chracter known from Spoon. Really tasty.
Mar 29, 2017
winitheju
71
I don't think Spoon has ever really made a bad record. The trend continues here
Mar 20, 2017*
rlwork
75
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Spoon takes a larger step in the direction their 2014 album They Want My Soul took them and it pays off. Hot Thoughts is full of drum machines, odd atmospheres and refined rock and roll. You can hear Ga Ga Ga Ga in the title track as well as some of their most intricate guitar parts. Inside Out and Gimme Fiction meet up in "Do I Have To Talk You Into It. Berlin-esque Bowie comes through in Pink Up and Us, two ... read more
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Added on: January 10, 2017