Spoon returns to the music scene with Lucifer On The Sofa

Austin, Texas – Spoon is back with new music, and they're bringing classic rock into the modern age with their tenth studio album, Lucifer On The Sofa.

Spoon released their tenth studio album, Lucifer On The Sofa, on Friday.
Spoon released their tenth studio album, Lucifer On The Sofa, on Friday.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

There's something about Spoon's music that, time after time, just hits right.

Founded in Austin, Texas by drummer Jim Enoin and lead vocalist and guitarist Britt Daniel in 1993, Spoon has reemerged from the depths of the recording studio to grace the world with a new – yet familiar – sound.

Those who tuned into Spoon's 2017 record, Hot Thoughts, will notice the album's synth and beat-heavy foundation hardly exists on the band's 2022 follow-up.

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To be frank, that's what longtime listeners have been yearning for, and they surely delivered by returning to their roots with a hint of oldies rock sprinkled in.

In 2019, Spoon started recording the 10-track album in Austin, but Covid-19's unwelcomed entrance to the party threw the band – and nearly every other music artist – for quite the loop.

For all intents and purposes, Lucifer On The Sofa lyrically takes aim at the mental struggles and ruts we've collectively experienced, and the need to feel, and give, love amid the chaos.

Putting Austin on the map

Spoon the band performing at the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin, Germany.
Spoon the band performing at the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin, Germany.  © IMAGO/Martin Mueller

The album kicks off with a cover of Smog's 1999 single, Held, which is masterfully done with a classic Spoon touch and studio banter.

As the record plays on, it becomes clear that Spoon's tenth studio album is made to rival the sound and feel of their live shows – and it does.

High-energy tracks like On the Radio, Wild, and The Devil & Mister Jones are balanced out with heartfelt, rock-tastic ballads such as My Babe and Astral Jacket.

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The diversity Spoon has been playing around with for nearly 30 years is apparent in every corner of the album, and it's a delight to hear local Austin references on the title track, Lucifer On The Sofa.

From "Cruising up Lavaca, against the traffic lights," to, "Thinking about turquoise all along West Avenue, while those black birds make their noise," Austinites can appreciate the subtle nods to the city from a band that was formed within it.

To no surprise, Spoon will hit the road to tour Lucifer On The Sofa, with the first show taking place on April 6 in Boston, and the final stop being in Phoenix on June 4.

Cover photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

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