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Format: CD
Sku: 204757589
UPC: 673855029528
UPC 14: 00673855029528
Release Date: 7/10/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Don't Make Me A Target ~ Spoon
2. Ghost Of You Lingers, The ~ Spoon
3. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb ~ Spoon
4. Don't You Evah ~ Spoon
5. Rhthm & Soul ~ Spoon
6. Eddie's Ragga ~ Spoon
7. Underdog, The ~ Spoon
8. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case ~ Spoon
9. Finer Feelings ~ Spoon
10. Black Like Me ~ Spoon
 
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.

"...the album of this year and maybe of the next.  CokeMachineGlow
"...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
Muze PNote Spoon: Eric Harvey (keyboards); Rob Pope (bass guitar); Jim Eno, Britt Daniel.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Photographers: Philippe Migeat; Sean McCabe.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review 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

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/10/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 295
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00673855029528

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..."

Filter 9 of 10
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? - Sam Roudman
Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Spoon
Product attributeLabel:   Merge Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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