The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #34: Spoon

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Spoon

WHAT: They Want My Soul

WHEN: August 2014

WHERE: Loma Vista/Republic

WHY: For me, They Want My Soul felt like a very standard Spoon record, very much in the Spoon comfort zone. This could only be Spoon and no one else. But it's not those fellows just coasting on autopilot, no sir. There's plenty here for Spoon fans old and new, and some songs ("Do You," "Let Me Be Mine," and "New York Kiss") go above and beyond and both induce shimmying and impress quite a lot. Well worth a whole lot of your time. 

My jams: “Rent I Pay,” “Inside Out,” “Do You,” “Outlier,” “They Want My Soul,” “I Just Don’t Understand,” “Let Me Be Mine,” “New York Kiss”

[posted 4.25.15]


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