Hot Thoughts

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2017 Ratings: #155 / 861
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
Based on 347 ratings
2017 Ratings: #246
Liked by 4 people
March 17, 2017 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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The Guardian

Hot Thoughts is loaded with tunes, invention and adventure.

Consequence of Sound

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

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. 

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.


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


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.


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.


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.

The Skinny

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

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.


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.

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.

God Is in the TV

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

The Needle Drop
Spoon incorporates some strange experiments into their slick indie rock sound.
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.

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.

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.


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.


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

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.

"Hot Thoughts" goes for quirkier experiments and the payoff is really solid, albeit all over the place. The instrumentation is solid, there are some great hooks, the writing is sharp and the overall aesthetic makes this a very fun Spoon album.

Fav Tracks: Hot Thoughts, Can I Sit Next to You, Shotgun, WhisperI'lllistentohearit, I Ain't the One, Do I Have to Talk You Into It

Least Fav Track: Pink Up

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.
I don't think Spoon has ever really made a bad record. The trend continues here
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
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Can I Sit Next To You
I Ain't the One

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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Track List

  1. Hot Thoughts
  2. WhisperI’lllistentohearit
  3. Do I Have to Talk You Into It
  4. First Caress
  5. Pink Up
  6. Can I Sit Next to You
  7. I Ain’t the One
  8. Tear It Down
  9. Shotgun
  10. Us
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Added on: January 10, 2017