• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2017

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. Mar 16, 2017
    Hot Thoughts is loaded with tunes, invention and adventure.
  2. 91
    Hot Thoughts is another top tier indie rock record from the most consistent band in the game.
  3. 91
    This 10-song collection is dominated less by taut rhythm guitar than by synths, handclaps, and kickdrums. ... A band that never gets sick of adding tools to its bag of tricks.
  4. Mar 15, 2017
    [Britt Daniel's] big statement is his Body of Work, of which every fine part adds up to a greater sum. Here comes another one.
  5. Magnet
    Apr 14, 2017
    The album, fun though it is, also burns with anger and tension. It's another way Spoon throws into sharp relief what there--and what's not. [No. 141, p.51]
  6. Mar 16, 2017
    All Spoon albums have some great songs and tasteful production touches, but Hot Thoughts might be the first time they didn’t do another year’s slightly tweaked version of Girls Can Tell. To arrive at such a worthwhile new vista roughly 24 years in is a pretty serious achievement, and all with no more overt fanfare than a humble presentation of one of their best offerings.
  7. Mar 15, 2017
    ts sleek, dance-oriented patina veers appreciably from the linear evolution of the Austinites' previous output. This might be Spoon's most radio-friendly release ever, and given its jarring position in the catalog, their most adventurous.
  8. Mar 24, 2017
    This is not a dilettantish push into the unknown. Spoon has been heading in this direction for years, and in many ways Hot Thoughts is the payoff.
  9. Mar 17, 2017
    Spoon’s bravest excursions to date, brilliant and distinct in their own way.
  10. Apr 20, 2017
    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.
  11. Mar 23, 2017
    Overall 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.
  12. Mar 17, 2017
    Hot Thoughts sounds like Spoon and Dave Fridmann’s idea of a futuristic, guitarless record, which is to say it’s full immaculately constructed rock songs arranged on layers and layers of synthesizers and studio fireworks.
  13. Mar 17, 2017
    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.
  14. Mar 16, 2017
    Listen close and you can practically hear the frontman digging in his heels, pushing back on the idea of Spoon as a tidy lifestyle accessory.
  15. Mar 16, 2017
    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.
  16. Mar 15, 2017
    Whilst Hot Thoughts may divide fans, it stands as proof that class is permanent. Spoon are still one of the most forward-thinking rock bands around, and we’re still very lucky to have them 25 years later.
  17. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2017
    Spoon are a band who are impossible to second-guess, and one deserving of much more attention. [May 2017, p.101]
  18. Mar 13, 2017
    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.
  19. Mar 13, 2017
    While this may not be the most cohesive record that Spoon have ever produced, it is one brimming with ideas (one might say overflowing), and serves as testament that more than 20 years into their career this is still a band with plenty to say.
  20. Alternative Press
    Mar 9, 2017
    A fine bounce-back from the lackluster They Want My Soul, as they seemed to have found their attitude and swagger. The glitzy, moody atmosphere they conjure up is a hella good look. [Apr 2017, p.82]
  21. Mar 3, 2017
    Hot Thoughts finds Spoon at the peak of their considerable powers, their ninth album effortlessly unfolding and revealing its mysteries as they cement their place in the firmament of undeniably great rock bands. [Apr 2017, p.34]
  22. Mar 3, 2017
    Spoon have been together for over 20 years now, yet it’s clear from this ninth full-length that their inspiration remains plentiful. In fact, Hot Thoughts is a surge of vivid creativity that veers between straightforward indie-pop and more experimental art pop.
  23. Mar 16, 2017
    The tinkering of the trim Spoon attitude has become the most engaging part of their latter-day career. For a band that seems built on a reliable formula, they remain full of possibilities.
  24. Mar 17, 2017
    Hot Thoughts is no game-changer, and the band risks sounding as safe as Coldplay at times.
  25. Mar 17, 2017
    A planned dalliance, Hot Thoughts reveals its irony: a well-thought rush of blood, a planned frisson. It’s a turn on with limits.
  26. 60
    It doesn’t always work, not least in ‘Shotgun’’s iffy mix of Nashville-ready instrumentals and a chugging house beat. On the flipside, ‘Do I Have To Talk You Into It’ sticks so stubbornly to the Spoon template it could be a discarded number from any of their previous records.
  27. 60
    Not bad, but not brilliant.
  28. Mar 13, 2017
    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. That's not universally the case: The album's only straight-ahead garage rocker, the thudding “Shotgun,” is so uncharacteristically regressive and lunkheaded that it might as well be a Kings of Leon song.
  29. Mojo
    Mar 3, 2017
    The main feeling it provokes is sincere admiration at a job well done, but a raised pulse, unfortunately, is something Spoon can't craft from scratch. [Apr 2017, p.96]
  30. Mar 17, 2017
    Spoon is a master of hooky songwriting, but Hot Thoughts seems so bent on undermining it that the band undersells itself. Maybe Hot Thoughts is an apt title after all--it’s got great ideas, but the execution is lacking.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 94
  2. Negative: 6 out of 94
  1. Mar 17, 2017
    I hate when guys like Mojo, A.V. Club and DIY Magazine f*ck up some great albums. This is Spoon's finest and more experimental album since GaI hate when guys like Mojo, A.V. Club and DIY Magazine f*ck up some great albums. This is Spoon's finest and more experimental album since Ga Ga Ga Ga, which released a decade ago. Despite They Want My Soul being catchier than it, Hot Thoughts exceeds expectations in songs like "WhisperIlllistentohearit", "Pink Up" and "Us" Spoon adventures through different sounds but maintaining their identity as well.

    Hot Thoughts it's not a masterpiece, it's maybe the 3rd or 4th best album in Spoon's carreer, but it still one of the best indie rock albums I've head in a long time, as always, Spoon is maintaining their solid carreer with another solid album.
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  2. Mar 17, 2017
    Spoon just keeps getting better and better! Standout tracks aside (and they're phenomenal), it's the un-typical Spoon tracks that get me. AndSpoon just keeps getting better and better! Standout tracks aside (and they're phenomenal), it's the un-typical Spoon tracks that get me. And also, the last track IS NOT a weak Radiohead ripoff (cough cough, Mappes' terrible review and harbinger of Pitchfork's long-foreseen demise) it's bloody beautiful Britt & co.
    And btw, what's with the "small stakes" refs all over the place for this album? Spoon has been life-and-death stakes since Kill the Moonlight! Don't read reviews, go to shows. See Britt jump. Jump Britt. Jump.
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  3. Mar 17, 2017
    This is a beautiful and dark album. The song I Ain't The One is my favorite in the mix, moody and sad but sticks like glue. The drum beatsThis is a beautiful and dark album. The song I Ain't The One is my favorite in the mix, moody and sad but sticks like glue. The drum beats and keyboard sound vintage goth or new wave, but with a dose of funk. No doubt stand outs are Hot Thoughts, WhisperI'lllistentohearit,, Do I Have to Talk You Into It and Can I Sit Next to You. Songs Pink Up and Us offer up tranquil mostly instrumental pleasures never heard before on Spoon albums. I believe Alex Fischel and Dave Fridmann at really contributing to these new sounds. Thank you Britt and Spoon for keeping it fresh and glorious, every album. Listen to this album at night, sitting in the rain with the Northern Lights on the horizon. Full Review »