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  • Summary: The eighth studio full-length release for the indie rock band is its first with new member Alex Fischel and was produced by Joe Chicarelli and Dave Fridmann.
  • Record Label: Loma Vista Recordings
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. On They Want My Soul, Spoon’s most wide-ranging and eclectic album of its career, this isn’t a band who are settling in to their collective stride, but searching for new places entirely.
  2. Aug 4, 2014
    88
    The quintet likes to pull melody out of dissonance and repetition. Now they've also found the soul.
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    83
    The playing on They Want My Soul still possesses a marked degree of control, but it’s treated with additional textures made possible by Fridmann and Fischel.
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    80
    They Want My Soul is a bold and swaggering declaration that Spoon have undoubtedly still got it--in spades.
  5. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    Soul deftly blends caprice with the ensemble’s usual care. Anything featuring Daniel’s scrunched-up, uncommonly expressive yelp and high-strung guitar can’t help but be Spoon-y.
  6. 70
    For the first time, a new Spoon LP feels like business as usual, a creative step sideways.
  7. Jul 30, 2014
    60
    The songs are strong--varying from ‘I Just Don’t Understand’’s jazz bar mood-changer to closer ‘New York Kiss’’ emotional farewell--but Spoon can be better than that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 5, 2014
    10
    They Want My Soul is a modern classic. When the quality of your music is constantly compared to Lennon, Rolling Stones, Bowie and Costello you are doing something right. Tight guitar hooks, sharp lyrics, masterful sound production. Alex Fischell on keyboards adds a new and original dynamic to Spoon on songs like Inside Out and Outlier (like nothing else in the Spoon archive). Songs Rainy Taxi and Knock Knock Knock are like Gimme Fiction on drugs. Rent I Pay and They Want My Soul show they haven't lost their rock roots. Play it loud! Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    The only word I can think of to describe this album is FLAWLESS. The first time I listened to it I was just waiting for a track that I didn't care for very much, but it never happened. Every single song is so incredibly catchy and unique that it doesn't surprise me that it's been on repeat for the last four days. At a time where there are so many bands that are experimenting and trying to evolve their sound and falling short (I unfortunately have to site The Strokes as one of those bands, despite the fact that they are one of my favorites), Spoon is consistent and very rewarding.

    I'm sure that the next time I sit down and try to compile a list of my favorite ten albums, "They Want My Soul" will have worked it's way into it.
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  3. Aug 6, 2014
    10
    Excellent production, catchy and dynamic songs, and tracks that only get better with repeat listens. It's a bit different from the Spoon you may know, but not a completely different direction - and I can assure you that it only makes the album better. While some bands hit their peak early on and ride success for a few more albums, They Want My Soul (the band's 8th entry) is yet another mark in the band's journey to the top. Spoon doesn't get the mainstream attention they deserve, but this album may be the one to launch them to new heights. Expand
  4. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    Another predictably excellent album from Spoon. They Want My Soul is packed with tight, catchy, punchy rock and roll songs--but don't think Spoon is playing it safe, they're still pushing their sound into new directions. Don't see this one leaving the turntable for quite some time. Expand
  5. Aug 10, 2014
    9
    Significantly different from their 2007 album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. While I'm not a very big fan of bands changing their style, I can sometimes make an exception. This is one of those times, because it's simply wonderful.

    Tight music, from the guitars to the keyboards (Alex Fischell is an awesome addition to the band). The lyrics are great, and so is Britt's vocal performance (it always is). The music and atmosphere are quite varied, with some being totally new (you'll never find anything like Outlier in Spoon's discography).

    With the exception of a track or two at most, the album is a complete pleasure to listen to.
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  6. Aug 5, 2014
    9
    They Want My Soul marries the consistency of Gimme Fiction, the heights of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and some of the instrumental quirkiness of Transference. What's not to love? Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    Okay, first: anyone who says this is better than Kill the Moonlight or Girls Can Tell needs to have his or her head examined.

    I've been
    listening to Spoon for a long time. At this point in their career they're obviously exploring new territory. To be honest, the strongest tracks on this album are the ones that sound like pre-Transference Spoon. On the whole, this album is forgettable. Expand

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