The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

There are lots of great al­bums be­ing re­leased (in­clud­ing a few re­viewed on this page) and some ex­cit­ing ones in prospect such as those by Fa­ther John Misty and Fleet Foxes men­tioned briefly here last week. The lat­ter out­fit re­vealed on Wed­nes­day that Crack-Up, their first al­bum since Help­less­ness Blues in 2011, will be re­leased on June 16. An­other that has been en­joy­ing heavy ro­ta­tion on the SD head­phones is the new one by Amer­i­can alt rock out­fit Spoon. Their ninth stu­dio al­bum, Hot Thoughts, sig­nals an­other shift of style from the Austin band, with funkier, groove­laden foun­da­tions than its pre­de­ces­sor, 2014’s They Want My Soul. There’s a strong Aus­tralian con­nec­tion to the al­bum as well. Singer Britt Daniel told the lat­est edi­tion of Amer­i­can Way, the in-flight mag­a­zine of Amer­i­can Air­lines, that a hefty pro­por­tion of the 10-song al­bum was con­ceived in Mel­bourne last time the band was here. “I love going down to Aus­tralia,” says

Spoon have a soft spot for Aus­tralia

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