Hot Thoughts

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Hot Thoughts
Spoon Hot Thoughts.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2017
RecordedMarch 23 – July 18, 2016[1]
Studio
Genre
Length41:52
LabelMatador
Producer
Spoon chronology
They Want My Soul
(2014)
Hot Thoughts
(2017)
Singles from Hot Thoughts
  1. "Hot Thoughts"
    Released: January 17, 2017
  2. "Can I Sit Next to You"
    Released: February 21, 2017
  3. "Do I Have to Talk You Into It"
    Released: October 23, 2017

Hot Thoughts is the ninth studio album by American rock band Spoon. It was released on March 17, 2017, through Matador Records.[3][4] It is also the first Spoon album since 2002's Kill the Moonlight to not feature multi-instrumentalist Eric Harvey, who quietly left the band after finishing a world tour in support of 2014's They Want My Soul.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.7/10[5]
Metacritic82/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[9]
The Guardian5/5 stars[10]
NME3/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork7.4/10[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]
The Times4/5 stars[15]
Uncut8/10[16]

Hot Thoughts received very positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 30 reviews.[6]

Jillian Mapes of Pitchfork wrote "Spoon stay in their well-earned lane but tweak the formula just enough on their ninth album, keeping their reliably great songwriting and adding new, electronic textures."[12]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
ABC News Top 50 Albums of 2017
3
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2017
9
Diffuser.fm Top 25 Albums of 2017
4
Double J Top 50 Albums of 2017
14
Flood Magazine Top 25 Albums of 2017
6
The Ringer Top 10 Albums of 2017
4
Spectrum Culture Top 20 Albums of 2017
11
Time Out Top 29 Albums of 2017
14
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2017
13

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hot Thoughts"Britt Daniel, Sean Dineen3:49
2."WhisperI'lllistentohearit"Daniel4:20
3."Do I Have to Talk You Into It"Daniel4:20
4."First Caress"Daniel, Alex Fischel2:48
5."Pink Up"Daniel5:57
6."Can I Sit Next to You"Daniel3:54
7."I Ain't the One"Daniel3:47
8."Tear It Down"Daniel, Laura Pergolizzi4:20
9."Shotgun"Daniel, Dineen3:38
10."Us"Daniel, Ted Taforo4:57
Total length:41:52

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes for Hot Thoughts[26]

Spoon

  • Britt Daniel – vocals, guitars, keys, piano, percussion, bass
  • Jim Eno – drums, percussion, keys
  • Alex Fischel – keyboards, piano, guitars, percussion
  • Rob Pope – bass, percussion

  Production

  • Spoon – production, recording, mixing
  • Dave Fridmann – production, recording, mixing
  • Brad Bell – engineering
  • Matt Gerhard – engineering
  • Mike Fridmann – engineering
  • Max Lorenzen – engineering
  • Grant Eppley – engineering
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Gentry Studer – mastering
  • Janet Weiss – song sequencing

Additional musicians

  • Sabrina Ellis – vocals (track 8)
  • Sara Houser – vocals (tracks 4, 6 and 8)
  • Stephen Patterson – extra drums (track 5)
  • Blair Robbins – vocals (tracks 4, 6 and 8)
  • Brad Shenfeld – darbuka, saz (track 5)
  • Ted Taforo – saxophone (track 10)
  • Sharon Van Etten – vocals (track 4)

  Artwork

  • Christine Messersmith – cover image
  • Alan Hynes – design
  • Britt Daniel – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[27] 21
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[28] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 48
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 194
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[31] 39
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[32] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[33] 192
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34] 40
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[35] 8
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36] 28
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 62
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 100
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 76
US Billboard 200[41] 17
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[43] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[44] 2
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[45] 1

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