Timeless melodious rock
Spoon has released their tenth album entitled Lucifer On The Sofa. This 10-track work captivates listeners within the first 30 seconds with its groovy rock and roll sound, going in a completely different direction from their previous album Hot Thoughts, which is more keyboard concentrated. Lucifer On The Sofa is the first album to be recorded in the band’s hometown of Austin, Texas in over a decade, and was written and recorded over the last two years. It’s an album that perfectly reflects the band’s experimental style and passion.
Lucifer On The Sofa kicks off with a cover of a Smog song titled “Held.” This track is a combination of experimental, blues rock and includes touches of the original song’s psychedelic rock sensation. “Held” begins with a recording of the band member’s voices speaking in the studio before the keyboard quietly transitions to an incredibly catchy guitar riff. The mesmerizing blues rock drums are perfectly matched by a groovy bass, creating a magnetic rhythm.
The album is kicked up a notch with the upbeat track, “The Hardest Cut.” The track begins with a snapping rhythm that instantly spellbinds the body to move along to every beat. Things slow down a bit with “Wild,” a track that channels ’90s soft alternative rock, inspiring listeners to self-reflect through Britt Daniel’s gripping vocals.
“Astral Jacket” channels some inspiration from The Beatles as it carries a ’60s classic rock sound. The track begins with slow acoustic guitar and is followed by harmonizing vocals and soft percussions that put the mind at ease. The album closes with the title track “Lucifer On The Sofa,” a mixture of pop-rock and indie sounds. The only track from the album that is led by a keyboard, its soft tones are perfectly matched by the groovy rhythm carried by the percussion and vocals.
Lucifer On The Sofa is one of the greatest works yet from Spoon, not only because it carries one of the most rock and roll sounds heard from the group, but it also flows incredibly well, creating the urge to keep the album playing on repeat the entire night. Spoon has created an album filled with rock and their own unique sound, an album that is not overwhelming, nor dull. Just simply splendid.