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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: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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. Jul 31, 2014
    80
    It takes a standard rock-band lineup and adds a sense of otherness by lightly dusting every instrument with effects, and arrives packed with beautiful, subtle detailing.
  5. Aug 5, 2014
    80
    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.
  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: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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 CostelloThey 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'tThe 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 youExcellent 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. Sep 9, 2014
    9
    Simply, this album made me want to listen Spoon. I haven't heard of them and now I seriously regret it. I was amazed by the crafting of theSimply, this album made me want to listen Spoon. I haven't heard of them and now I seriously regret it. I was amazed by the crafting of the songs, the variety of such, and the alternative mood that never leaves the band. After this I listened all Spoon albums and made me realize what an excellent band they are. Conclussion: in comparison to other Spoon albums, They Want My Soul is great, for first listeners the tip of an amazing musicianship. Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2014
    9
    Some of the criticisms I've seen have been more the result of comparing this album to the other greats Spoon have cranked out. I don't knowSome of the criticisms I've seen have been more the result of comparing this album to the other greats Spoon have cranked out. I don't know why anyone would care. The album is very good. Nothing else needs to be considered. Expand
  6. Dec 11, 2014
    8
    They Want My Soul by Spoon is a beautiful, soulful, pseudo psychedelic, indie rock offering by one of the better bands that exist in today'sThey Want My Soul by Spoon is a beautiful, soulful, pseudo psychedelic, indie rock offering by one of the better bands that exist in today's barren, Top 40's based, world. While trying to be more accessible than previous records, such as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, or Girls Can Tell, TWMS is a solid listen all the way through, with stand out tracks in "Rent I Pay," "Inside Out, " "Outlier," and the title track. Easily one of my favorite records of 2014 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
    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.
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