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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
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Critics' Choice
ELLEN "HOT" FOR SPOON
4/19/17

By Bud Scoppa

Ellen DeGeneres loves Spoon—who knew? The band performed a taut “Hot Thoughts” on Tuesday’s show after the host revealed she’s obsessed with the song, which continues to top the Mediabase Triple A chart.

In a featured review of the new LP for Uncut, I wrote: Unlike most of their 40-ish contemporaries, Britt Daniel and Jim Eno have never wavered in their focus, never lost the plot, never allowed ego to distort their disciplined direction—resulting in the most consistent output of any 21st century band—and Hot Thoughts finds them at the peak of their considerable powers. The album feels effortlessly ambitious as it unfolds—and continues to unfold with each listen, in the way that the most treasured LPs of decades ago gradually revealed their mysteries. With Spoon’s ninth album, they’ve cemented their place in the firmament of undeniably great rock bands.

Check out what fellow fan Karen Glauber has to say about her efforts to convince Modern Rock programmers to play  "Hot Thoughts" in Post Toasted