They Want My Soul

Spoon - They Want My Soul
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2014 Ratings: #163 / 957
Year End Rank: #19
User Score
Based on 403 ratings
2014 Ratings: #41
Liked by 4 people
August 5, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing

Though They Want My Soul fully satisfies a four-year itch for new Spoon music, it isn’t a mere retread of past glories or a paint-by-number exercise.


As guitar rock continues its slow and inevitable transition into a bygone art, They Want My Soul pulls at familiar threads, fraying things to make them seem now, if not new.


Spoon remains a band untethered to trends and narratives, beholden to nothing more than their own indelible sound, something that stretches back decades and remains distinctively elusive.

The Line of Best Fit

They Want My Soul may be the most varied thing Spoon have ever put out, but there’s nothing tentative about it. 

Consequence of Sound

There’s a broader range of music here than perhaps any prior album of theirs, which makes for an adventurous listen … but not exactly a cohesive one.

A.V. Club

It’s head music from guys who’ve been making body music for the better part of two decades, prone to instrumental vamping that builds the tension Transference’s longer tracks lacked. 

Drowned in Sound

The album is an enjoyable hodgepodge that trades neat cohesion for scattish variety. It’s an overview of all Britt can do when given a guitar and a ruthlessly tight entourage.


Following the longest between-album wait of their career, They Want My Soul is a bold and swaggering declaration that Spoon have undoubtedly still got it — in spades.

Tiny Mix Tapes

To save means to settle, and Spoon, even in their consistency, never settle for anything.


Altogether a belter of an album, then, as their reputation for consistency prevails once more.


Soul achieves the nearly impossible with Spoon’s most eclectic set yet.


Throughout They Want My Soul, the songs flow into and out of each other with a subtle movement that’s hypnotic and sounds deceptively simple. It’s not as easy as Spoon makes it seem, of course, which is what makes their consistency so impressive. 

Rolling Stone

Spoon's eighth album is an immediate grabber on par with the group's best work to date.

No Ripcord

They continue to operate with a restlessness that results from making just enough changes to link their stern commitment to write straight-ahead rock songs with a classic feel.

Under The Radar

Clearly, those searching for something new are better off looking elsewhere. But if it's dependable melodies and soaring choruses you're after, then They Want My Soul is an album you can count on.


It’s another strong record from the band, one that pushes forward in interesting ways while still staying rooted in Spoon’s signature sound.


‘They Want My Soul’ is a cult record in the making from the quintessential cult group. Normal service has been resumed.


‘They Want My Soul’ is in a slight catch 22; it’s exciting to hear a band so resolutely in their zone, but on the flipside it doesn’t offer anything remotely new, and that’s the opposite of exciting. ‘

Time Out London

America loves Spoon, the way they love Denny’s or the Republican Party. But most UK music – thank heavens – is light years ahead of this.

spoon create ‘inside out’ and ‘do you’; some objectively perfect career highlights which cement ‘they want my soul’ as their best work. spoon’s most consistent album is a timeless production achievement in its own right from dave sitek: it sounds impressively futuristic

i feel that this album, along with its title track, are some of the most underrated art of the 2010s

the worst song may be ‘outlier’, which also happens to be one of the ... read more
"They Want My Soul" takes their typical sound in exciting new directions. The aesthetics are absolutely gorgeous and varied and it's heightened by surprisingly really, really good production from Dave Fridmann. The vocals and writing from Britt Daniel are some of his greatest and this record has some of their best songs to date!

Fav Tracks: New York Kiss, Inside Out, Do You, Knock Knock Knock, They Want My Soul, Outlier, Rent I Pay

Least Fav Track: I Just Don't ... read more
A fun little rock album that is reminiscent of better times.

Best Track: New York Kiss
Worst Track: I Just Don't Understand
As Spoon evolves as a band...their sound continues to mature and truly delights me as a listener. This latest release - 'They Want My Soul' proves my assertion that their sound shows maturity. The treated guitar, poignant story-telling through the lyrics and the overall accomplished production of this CD puts it very high on my list of what is best of '14, so far! What amazes me too is how this CD manages to take me back to their earlier work, while sounding fresh, new and ... read more
Easily one of the most enjoyable, catchy and re-playable rock records of the year. A real treat as its my first time listening to a Spoon album in full.

At first most of the tracks on this record seemed samey-samey, but over time I really started to appreciate the lyrics and catchy-as-hell riffs.

Some of my favorite tracks of the year are on this thing including "Do You", "Rent I Pay", "New York Kiss" and "Let Me Be Mine".

Time to start digging into ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rent I Pay
  2. Inside Out
  3. Rainy Taxi
  4. Do You
  5. Knock Knock Knock
  6. Outlier
  7. They Want My Soul
  8. I Just Don't Understand
  9. Let Me Be Mine
  10. New York Kiss
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Added on: June 5, 2014