Americans Spoon have been producing albums on and off since 1996. In their homeland they are big stars, with their last two albums going top 10, while in Britain they remain unknowns; They Want My Soul is going to change all that.
It’s one of those rare albums which defies categorisation – think The Strokes’ Is This It or the Arctic Monkeys’ debut, records which demand replaying the moment they end, which incorporate elements of all the best bands while creating something unique and pretty much unclassifiable.
There’s new wave here – fans of prime Elvis Costello should purchase presently – but there’s also Bruce Springsteen (in his pre-Born to Run days) and even, in Outlier, what sounds like a rock band delivering its own take on the Scissor Sisters covering Pink Floyd. It’s the kind of thing Happy Mondays might have been capable of if the drugs hadn’t got in the way.
Producers Joe Chiccarelli and Dave Fridmann deserve praise, too, for giving the overall sound a clean, almost electronic feel which only adds to the album’s appeal.
Undoubtedly, one of the albums of the year.
Like this? Try these: Bruce Springsteen, The Wild, The Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle; Elvis Costello, Get Happy!!
By Andrew Greenhalgh