Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
|With a history of stellar records, Spoon has topped themselves with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, a thrilling album recorded throughout 2006 in Austin by the band and Mike McCarthy (except "The Underdog," recorded in Los Angeles with Jon Brion). The Britt Daniel originals on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga comprise possibly his most heartfelt batch of songs since 2001's Girls Can Tell.|
It's worth pointing out that Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is comprised of ten songs, the perfect number of songs for an album (see Fulfillingness' First Finale, Seventeen Seconds, Back in Black, The Queen is Dead, The Charm of the Highway Strip, Nebraska, Nashville Skyline, Heroes, Unknown Pleasures, The Violent Femmes, The Woods, Sticky Fingers, etc.). We've also got it on good authority that 36 minutes is the ideal album length.
"...collates and refines everything that came before. But what an inventory of sounds they've built. Entertainment Weekly
"...fills me with a happiness rarely delivered in a genre filled with groups that never improve upon their debuts. Tiny Mix Tapes
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Spoon: Eric Harvey (keyboards); Rob Pope (bass guitar); Jim Eno, Britt Daniel.|
|Personnel: Britt Daniel (vocals); Billy White (flamenco guitar); Matthew Colecchi, Mike McCarthy (koto); John Catchings (cello); Jason Freese (saxophone); Ron Blake (trumpet); Francisco Torres (trombone); Jon Brion (chamberlin); Jim Eno (drums); Graham Hughes (background vocals).|
|Additional personnel: Tosca String Quartet (strings); Ron Blake (trumpet); Tommy Poole (horns); Jon Brion (bass guitar); Eggo Johanson (tambourine); Yasmine Kittles (background vocals); Francisco Torres, Graham Hughes, Matthew Colecchi, John Catchings, Mike McCarthy, Billy White, Jason Freese.|
|Recording information: Cherokee And Ocean, Los Angeles, CA (09/2006-01/2007); Mob House, Austion (09/2006-01/2007); Public Hi-Fi (09/2006-01/2007).|
|Photographers: Philippe Migeat; Sean McCabe.|
|By 2007 Spoon had grown into one of the most quietly inventive and accomplished outfits in rock. Like 2005's excellent GIMME FICTION, GA GA GA GA GA is a winning combination of hook-heavy pop and post-punk angles driven by a unique piano-guitar interplay and singer Britt Daniels's expressive vocals. But Spoon's secret ingredient is their spare, often brilliant arrangements. Like a Japanese calligrapher drawing on rice paper, Spoon applies minimal lines and shading to make each song a meticulous pop universe full of texture and subtlety.|
|The ephemeral and appropriately haunting "The Ghost of You Lingers" is a fine example; its radically pared-down piano motif and elliptical melody sound like a cross between Terry Riley and Paul McCartney. "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" employs a bouncy Motown groove and horns, proving Spoon as adept at driving grooves as atmospheric pop, a fact echoed in "The Underdog," one of the album's standout tracks. Those accustomed to rock's usual bombast might dismiss GA GA GA GA GA for its reservation and seeming simplicity, but a closer listen reveals an album of elegant, admirably artful pop.|
Producer: Britt Daniel; Jim Eno; Jon Brion; Michael McCarthy; Spoon; Jon Brion; Je; BD; Michael McCarthy
Engineer: Jim Eno; Greg Koller; Michael McCarthy; MM; Je; Greg Koller
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - CD Review
By: Michael Fraiman Cinema Blend CD Reviews
Published on: 7/5/2007 1:59 AM
|Along comes Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, with its unified groove and brisk 10 tracks. What's this' Have the members of Spoon found their sound' "Don't Make Me A Target" opens with a solemn few notes on repeat, and it plays well. Reminiscent of Gimme Fiction's opener, one would assume the rest of the album would follow suit--the tempo rising and the synthesizers pulsating as the album grows in intensity. If only. ...read the full review|
|Release Date : 07/10/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2007|
|Catalog ID : 295|
|Label : Merge|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00673855029528|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]piky, painstakingly detailed songs that deliver indie-pop payloads in less than four minutes..."
- Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "Spoon sound a lot like the very British, mid-Eighties XTC -- with the right amount of gravel in their paisley."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The tug-of-war between bristly unavailability and candid confession mirrors a musical duel between post-punk snarls and genial pop charms.....Endlessly compelling."
- "[With] an arsenal of hand claps, Motown-lifted tambourine bursts, music-hall piano lines, and bass levels that hover in the red." -- Grade: A-
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is their most systematically infectious set yet....'Finer Feelings' turns on a subtly seductive guitar figure that is the quintessence of tone and touch."
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[L]isten afresh to Spoon now hitting all their marks: The poignancy of such instrumental minimalism, the emotional weight of Daniel's odd phrasings, the seeming nonchalance."
- Ranked #25 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[Their] most elegant collection yet..."