Spoon (2 stars)

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What’s happened to Spoon? The Austin, Texas underground rockers have seen their profile increase with every album, but have simultaneously been losing creativity and edge along the way. This sixth long player is the least interesting and affecting thing they’ve done, and worse, frontman Britt Daniel’s normally incisive and heartbreaking songwriting seems to have deserted him. Songs repeatedly chug along harmlessly in a percussive rattle of drums and piano before petering out, and it’s only the closing pair of ‘Finer Feelings’ and ‘Black Like Me’ that seem to be imbued with any real heart. A band that’s lost its way.

(Doug Johnstone)

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