By Brad Simm
Spoon – Everything Hits At Once: The Best Of Spoon
The “greatest hits” package is often an exercise in redundancy that has no real reward, especially for an artist’s dedicated fanbase or promoting megastars with heavy radio-rotation. Too often there’s little to no fun rehashing a good thing.
Spoon, the Austin-based arty, punk, experimental band who became the glowing definition of “indie rock” in the 2000s, have had a string of highly-successful albums and singles in their 25-year history.
At the same time, it’s hard to argue they are over-exposed.
Spearheading the band is Britt Daniel, whose intimate and well-rounded knowledge of many things that either pre-dated punk or were firmly planted in the commercial world is why Spoon morphed into their iconic status. The melody and rhythms of the Beatles, Prince, Bowie and even Zeppelin are woven secretly and sometimes blatantly into their music brimming with imagination.
While those connections seem vague in the angular, off-beat, disco shuffle of “I Turn My Camera On,” which single-handedly revolutionized the dance-punk craze, it doesn’t matter — that’s precisely Spoon’s charm, inspired by everything and nothing in particular. However, when they slip into the joyous romp of “The Underdog,” complete with handclaps, maracas, tambourines and trumpets, the Irish sway of Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott comes pouring out. Song after song of adding secrets or wearing it on their sleeve makes this collection simply great.
Best Track: Everything Hits At Oncespoon