• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2022

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Feb 10, 2022
    There aren’t really bad Spoon albums. There are really good Spoon albums and there are excellent Spoon albums. Lucifer on the Sofa is one of the latter. What a delight.
  2. 100
    It’s an album fuelled by southern heat, with plenty of grit to boot. Their best yet.
  3. 91
    The result is Lucifer on the Sofa, Spoon's loosest, liveliest album since 2010's unruly low-fi gem Transference, which combines that LP's spontaneous spirit with the meticulous production and sharp melodic hooks of their most memorable work.
  4. Feb 9, 2022
    Lucifer On The Sofa is one of the band’s most focused songwriting efforts yet: Every note feels deliberately placed and well-constructed, with crisp arrangements (the piano-sprinkled ballad “My Babe”), piercing hooks (the elastic “The Devil & Mr. Jones”) and sweeping dynamics (the melodramatic, glammy art-rock waltz “Satellite”).
  5. Feb 8, 2022
    It's the best thing they've ever done, more than exceeding their usual quotient of fire guitars, killer choruses, and crafty rock-history updates. [Feb 2022, p.72]
  6. Feb 7, 2022
    "Lucifer on the Sofa" has enough endearing moments to sit comfortably in the meaty middle of the band's catalog.
  7. Feb 11, 2022
    The 10 tracks on Lucifer on the Sofa show off a leaner and meaner Spoon with a more mature sound that is broader in scope than past efforts but just as ferocious and cracking.
  8. Feb 11, 2022
    Once again, Spoon show there's still plenty of mystery left in classic sounds, and they're still experts at revealing it.
  9. Feb 10, 2022
    Lucifer on the Sofa is a very good Spoon album, one that borrows from They Want My Soul more than anything on Hot Thoughts, but none of that comes through until about 13 minutes in.
  10. Feb 9, 2022
    It's in Spoon's ability to remain so forthright while keeping their intentions a little bit hazy where their songwriting presents itself in the best light. We've never asked them to spell it out for us, especially when they're at their most direct, and that's why they continue to keep us guessing after all these years.
  11. Feb 8, 2022
    It’s the sound of a band in peak form who are pushing to get better, go further and resist any temptation to slack off.
  12. Uncut
    Feb 7, 2022
    Spoon display their signature style, precision and immediacy in real time, locked together through 10 taut tracks. [Mar 2022, p.36]
  13. 80
    Singer Britt Daniel still knows less is more, though, and the tracks are lean and pared, every stab counting. [Mar 2022, p.83]
  14. Mojo
    Feb 7, 2022
    With a voice that perfectly balances grit and sugar, Daniel and band tread their indie/rock tightrope with flair. [Mar 2022, p.85]
  15. Feb 14, 2022
    Determined to give fans a jolly time after a five-year absence, Lucifer on the Sofa doesn’t let up and won’t change minds.
  16. Feb 21, 2022
    The amount of variety Daniel and company manage to pack into ten songs while still feeling cohesive is impressive. The lack of flashy personality makes Spoon easy to overlook, but as always, the songwriting and performance are top-notch.
  17. Feb 15, 2022
    By pairing their well-honed blues rock temerity with genuine emotional weight, Spoon continue to wring new ideas out of classic sounds without veering into gimmick, staying consistent without getting stale. By slowly introducing the idea that it's cool to care, Spoon continue to expand their comfort zone.
  18. Feb 16, 2022
    There are bright spots on Spoon’s 10th album, which indicate that Daniel’s bargain with Lucifer can still inspire him and his band to deliver the goods. It’s just that for now, it appears to be only a strong EP’s worth.
  19. Feb 17, 2022
    Overall, its more up-tempo songs aside, Lucifer on the Sofa is a disappointment, offering regrettable evidence that Britt Daniel’s laudable song writing mojo may have gone off the boil.
  20. Feb 10, 2022
    Spoon has hit something of a dead end with Lucifer on the Sofa. The album gestures toward breaking free of old habits, but it doesn’t present any new ones, musically or otherwise.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Feb 12, 2022
    Great album. More raw and less processed than last album. I like the return to roots nature of this.
  2. Feb 12, 2022
    Great album. Album kind of slows down a bit the further you go but overall solid, solid release.
  3. Feb 11, 2022
    After an album that drifted too far away from Rock and Roll for my liking Spoon is back. Probably their most straight ahead rock record andAfter an album that drifted too far away from Rock and Roll for my liking Spoon is back. Probably their most straight ahead rock record and possibly my favorite. Full Review »