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Spoon’s Top 10 Songs

on March 13, 2017, 12:00am
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10. “Do You”

They Want My Soul (2014)

There are few vocal hooks in the Spoon catalog as sticky-sweet as Britt Daniel’s repetitions of this song’s title, the smoky edges of his voice softened by falsetto backing. But then his “Do you?” isn’t wondering whether you want to grab some frozen yogurt; though still love-centric, this song’s sighs are far more existential and concerned than you might suspect. In fact, Daniel goes so far as to reference Danish existentialist philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, who wrote “Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing”; here, Spoon ask whether you even want one thing or if you want sainthood. Later, Daniel’s electric coo about how love comes “black and blue” shows the root of his concerns. There’s pain here, but beauty too — just like life’s struggle for love. –Lior Phillips

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