REVIEW: Spoon – “Can I Sit Next To You”
by Chad Jewett
If “Hot Thoughts” hinted at a return to both the complex structures and the sharp angles of 2005’s Gimme Fiction, then “Can I Sit Next To You” – the latest single from Spoon’s forthcoming album Hot Thoughts more than hints. Feeling like a denser sequel to Gimme Fiction’s funky highlight “I Turn My Camera On”, “Can I Sit Next To You” has the same snarly delivery from Britt Daniel, the same hi-hat/snare groove from Jim Eno, the same “ride-one-beat-and-pile-stuff-on” ethos as the earlier song. But “Can I Sit Next To You” is more subtle and fleshed-out; you got the sense with “Camera” that the provocative twist of a disco beat and Daniel’s wry delivery was the point. The newer song might be less catchy, but it’s also more nuanced, and Spoon has always prized nuance. With “Can I Sit Next To You”, filled as it is with swirling synth strings and swells of digital sound, Spoon offer something closer to the artisanal dance music on offer on Daft Punk’s 2011 sensation Random Access Memories – a richly produced gem you can dance to.