Lucifer On The Sofa by Spoon album review by Mark Crickmay. The Austin, Texas band's LP drops on February 4, 2022 via Matador Records

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Spoon

Lucifer On The Sofa

Returning to their Austin roots, Spoon seems to have set out to make a pure rock and roll record. Inspired heavily by the quartet’s home of Austin, Texas, the likes of ZZ Top, and a return to basics — Lucifer On The Sofa delivers groove-driven riffs, Daniel’s signature raspy vocal, and a cinematic view of the heart of Spoon’s origin. Veering away from the modern vibes of 2017’s Hot Thoughts — Spoon’s tenth studio album draws on earthy tones, raw energy, and their hometown inspirations of Austin, Texas.

Speaking to the truths of loneliness, stifling counts of love and harsh realities — Lucifer On The Sofa is much more than a sonically pure Rock and Roll record. 50-year-old frontman Britt Daniel delivers layers of in-your-face rock rhythms with subtle and sultry falsetto and sparse but lingering intriguing guitar and vocal hooks. “This world is fragile, we’re aware”, Daniel states in ‘The Devil & Mister Jones’ — influenced by, and yet maybe not referencing, the state of pandemic Austin, Texas and the stifling vacancy that undoubtedly everyone has felt globally. At the risk of portraying topical cliché’s as lyrical musings, Daniel manages to navigate the anxious, looming notions that so many felt from such an unprecedented time as the last two pandemic-ridden years.

Wild’ relishes in civil hopefulness and pensive times. Flirting with nearly stagnant power chords and blues-driven arrangement, Spoon deliver with confidence the energy and uplifting melodic changes remnant of David Bowie’s “Heroes” album. “I got on fine with modern living/And the world, still so wild, called to me/I was lost, I’d be kept on my knees”, Daniel proclaims vulnerabilities and possible reminders of what it used to mean to live so easily in pre-pandemic modern times. Notably the surreal and sultry saxophone on the title track ‘Lucifer On The Sofa’ recalls how impactful and sentimental sparsity and simplicity can be when songwriting is at its peak focus.

Stepping inward, Daniel and the band play on themes of sheer loneliness and suffocating visions of a now phantasmal life in Austin that once was so invigorating. Auspiciously calling to change and the power of love “What do you get when you add it up/There you were, there you are/We used to know, we used to go” on the acoustic and piano-driven ballad of ‘My Babe’. Never lifeless, and yet ever familiar — the sonic breadth of Lucifer On The Sofa pushes and pulls listeners, driving forward yet never acquiescing completely to tired blues-rock.

Thematically, loneliness centres the album’s ideology. Sonically, however, Spoon traverses that separation with a sheer focus in their songwriting, energy, and collectiveness. Real-time fine-tuning and collaboration are evident every step of the way on Spoon’s tactful musing’s with Lucifer On The Sofa. Sparse, yet collected — every track pertains to a similarly limited yet individual aural palette. Notably ‘Astral Jacket’, ’Satellite’ and title track ‘Lucifer On The Sofa’ provide the psychedelic space and ambiance listeners will be craving four-fifths of the way into a heavily rock and roll driven record — leaving room for future sonic growth yet again.

Set to release on February 11, 2022, through Matador Records, Spoon’s tenth studio album refutes that blues-driven rock is dry and done with. Leaving listeners longing for more, at ten tracks Spoon has imprinted their worth and integral place in the world once again with Lucifer On The Sofa. This is a band that never staggers, always delivers, and displays hopefulness through raw energy and collaboration time and time again.

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