Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga CD (2007)

Artist: Spoon

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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.


Label Merge Records
SKU 204757589
UPC 673855029528
UPC 14 00673855029528
Format CD
Release Date 7/10/2007
Author Spoon
Technical Info
Engineer Jim Eno; Greg Koller; Michael McCarthy; MM; Je; Greg Koller
Producer Britt Daniel; Jim Eno; Jon Brion; Michael McCarthy; Spoon; Jon Brion; Je; BD; Michael McCarthy
CatalogID 295
Lable Name Merge
Released 07/10/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00673855029528
Album Notes and Credits
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); Tosca String Quartet (strings); Jason Freese (saxophone); Ron Blake , Ron Blake (trumpet); Francisco Torres (trombone); Tommy Poole (horns); Jon Brion (chamberlin, bass guitar); Jim Eno (drums); Eggo Johanson (tambourine); Yasmine Kittles, Graham Hughes (background vocals).
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.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]piky, painstakingly detailed songs that deliver indie-pop payloads in less than four minutes..."
Rolling Stone (p.108) - 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."
Spin (p.104) - 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."
Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "[With] an arsenal of hand claps, Motown-lifted tambourine bursts, music-hall piano lines, and bass levels that hover in the red." -- Grade: A-
Uncut (p.95) - 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."
Alternative Press (p.163) - 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."
Q (Magazine) (p.80) - Ranked #25 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[Their] most elegant collection yet..."
Disc 1
1 Don't Make Me A Target
2 Ghost Of You Lingers, The
3 You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
4 Don't You Evah
5 Rhthm & Soul
6 Eddie's Ragga
7 Underdog, The
8 My Little Japanese Cigarette Case
9 Finer Feelings
10 Black Like Me
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Review A further step from the rockin' tendencies of 2001's breakout, Girls Can Tell, and some of the darker bits of their last, Gimme Fiction, Ga(x5) has tremendous range, showing a band as careful with experimentation as with generic reconstruction--perhaps owing to Daniel's experience last year writing music for the film Stranger Than Fiction...This album's calling card is likely to be the Jon Brion-produced "The Underdog," a raucous summer camp sing-along with a Doobie Brothers cadence and Big Bertha horn section; it's possibly the most powerful (almost) acoustic track in recent memory. It's also a likely candidate for "Offical Spoon Anthem," its lyrics calling out the destruction of those with "no fear of the underdog" with no small amount of relish. It's a good play, the right play even, showing a band who--adult as they may be--are in no mood to be pushovers or played out has-beens. And who wouldn't chomp a veggie burger to that?
Reviewer Sam Roudman
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Spoon
Label Merge Records
Music Format Compact Disc
CokeMachineGlow ...the album of this year and maybe of the next.
Entertainment Weekly ...collates and refines everything that came before. But what an inventory of sounds they've built.
Tiny Mix Tapes ...fills me with a happiness rarely delivered in a genre filled with groups that never improve upon their debuts.

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