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SPOON, Album: “They Want My Soul”, Label: Loma Vista, Genre: Indie Rock

The Austin, Texas-based band Spoon is out with its eighth album, “They Want My Soul.’’ It’s a lush jangle of guitars, smart lyrics and catchy refrains that continues to set the band apart from, well, other bands you’re not quite sure you’ve heard of.

Therein lives the mystery of Spoon. They’re just good enough to make a 20-year career out of music while producing albums and songs you’ve probably overlooked.

That may not last much longer thanks to a couple of standout tracks that are certain to be late-summer hits once “They Want My Soul’’ migrates into frequent rotation.

“Do You’’ is the one song you must know about. It asks of the listener, “Do you want to get understood?/Do you want one thing or are you looking for sainthood?’’ It has a great pace and is delivered with matching emotion by the band’s electrifying lead singer Britt Daniel.

While “Do You’’ offers straight-ahead rock, “Outlier’’ has a more modern feel with its danceable backbeat and ghostly keyboard echoes.

Spoon can do a bit of everything - “They Want My Soul” is no exception.


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