Spoon’s tenth album, ‘Lucifer on the Sofa’, is the band’s purest rock ‘n’ roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years – both in and out of lockdown – these songs mark a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more full-colour. From the detuned guitars anchoring ‘The Hardest Cut’, to the urgency of ‘Wild’, to the band’s blown-out cover of the Smog classic ‘Held’, ‘Lucifer on the Sofa’ bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first-take.
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