Spoon
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga


4.5
superb

Review

by TheSaneLunatic USER (6 Reviews)
July 14th, 2007 | 56 replies | 16,076 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On Spoon's sixth album, the baby-sounding Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the band makes arguably one of the best albums of the year thus far.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This album gets started with the politically-charged opener called "Don't Make Me A Target,"... and what an opener. Complete with lead singer and guitarist Britt Daniel singing clever and funny lines such as "Thugs and stick and bats and balls, for nuclear dicks with dialect drawls" and screeching the title of the song and a fantastic, over-1-minute breakdown keeps the listener completely focused with both the lyrics and the music.


The next track, the haunting, unnerving, and curious first single "The Ghost of You Lingers," is definitely a song that grows on you... and it's somewhat thrilling to know that the pounding piano, echoing, distant vocals, and infrequent, unexpected sounds of static keeps this haunting mood. "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" seems to counteract the previous track, since this song has a summertime-esque sound and the lyrics seem to be about Daniel convincing someone to "blow out that cherry bomb". Such a cool song and possibly could be a single, although it's the shortest song on the album.


"Don't You Evah," which is a cover from an unreleased song by former tourmates The Natural History, begins with people talking before a throbbing and instantly addictive bassline from Rob Pope (replacing Joshua Z.) comes in and simply drives the song. Very engaging also is what Daniel sings about... which is trying to convince a female friend to leave her lover of five years although she believes that everything is fine. An album highlight.

Following is the OK sounding, pedestrian sounding "Rhthm and Soul", which drummer Jim Eno keeps the song from becoming downright boring and bland. This song just feels half-finished and incomplete compared to the rest of the album... almost as if Spoon needed one more song on the album. The weakest track of the album. Then comes "Eddie's Ragga," a song that came from a jam session from Spoon (sans Pope, apparently, since he doesn't receive songwriting credit on this song) and bassist Eddie Robert of I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. It's a funky, groovy, almost neo-soul song, with the rhythm section giving it a delicious groove and makes it engaging. So much that one nearly forgets that Daniel is actually singing... well, maybe from a personal stance.

Next up, the second single "The Underdog," featuring production from Jon Brion (co-produced Kanye West's "Graduation" and produced the canned version of Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machine") comes as a surprise from this album, since it sounds very expansive... and almost feels at ends with this album, but manages not to, thankfully. With the horns charging the song and the cool ending of everything coming to chaos (especially with the deafening timpani more than likely coming from multi-instrumentalist Eric Harvey), this song is great, and this begins the fantastic four (no pun intended) ending of the album.

"My Little Japanese Cigarette Case," which the lyrics seems to be a reference to cocaine use (Bring me my Japanese cigarette case, bring a mirror to my face, oh, let all my memories be gone), sounds so minimal compared to "The Underdog" sonically, (this is a great thing, by the way), is a cool little song, and is the shortest TRACK on the album. The penultimate (AKA, the second to last) track on this album, "Finer Feelings," is a hopeful song, which Daniel sings in the chorus that he thinks that he'll find a love that will change his heart and chase his heartache away. Great song, which features a sample from reggae DJ Mikey Dread, and almost feels overlong, since it's the longest song and track on the album.

The closer on the album, "Black Like Me" is definitely the ballad of the album, by far. With those heartfelt, desperate first words of the song, "I'm in need of someone to take care of me tonight," one can't help but to feel for Daniel, who seems so lonely that he would "humanize the vacuum." This song is the best song on the album, and possibly one the best songs of the year (probably would never be a single).

In short, even if you never heard of Spoon until this year, and just looking for a great indie rock album this year, Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga should be on your shortlist.

TheSaneLunatic's Top Five Recommendations:

1. Black Like Me
2. Don't You Evah
3. Finer Feelings
4. Don't Make Me A Target
5. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case



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Comments:Add a Comment 
thatguy84
July 14th 2007



214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album, I love every single track except for "The Ghost of You Lingers".

I'm not so sure what you dislike about Rhthm and Soul, you didn't really elaborate on it too much. Otherwise it was a pretty dandy review.

TheSaneLunatic
July 14th 2007



33 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fixed that lack of information about Rhthm and Soul and did some quick editing throughout as well. Thanks for the comment, thatguy84... not bad for a first review, huh? I wish I knew how to add italics and boldface though...This Message Edited On 07.14.07

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 14th 2007



3995 Comments


I can't stand this band. I can only imagine how bad this album is going to turn out.

descendents1
July 15th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There is much more variety in this release than in their last. Tried to get into it after four listens and I was just bored by the end.

corb
July 26th 2007



59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

played this twice through and so far i'm regretting buying it

paul16
August 11th 2007



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On the whole this is a great album. 'Don't you Evah', and 'Rhythm and Soul' are absolutely fantastic tracks.
The one downer is "the ghost of you lingers, which is probably the worst song (by Spoon at least) that I have ever heard.

unbornchikkenvoices
September 5th 2007



78 Comments


i like my little japanese cigarette case and the underdog.

...

thats all i've heard...

Shivan
September 20th 2007



3 Comments


You Got Yr Cherry Bomb is the best track easily.

Spectrum
September 20th 2007



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DFel, yr a weirdo.
Spoon is a wonderful band. Great album on the whole - I actually really like "The Ghost of You Lingers", but that's just me.

Iai
Emeritus
September 20th 2007



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This to me sounds like a good band firing on about a quarter of their available cylinders. I'm guessing I'd enjoy their other albums a lot more.

Spectrum
September 24th 2007



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Girls Can Tell is their best, Iai. Go for that one.

handsomerob2
January 20th 2008



58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can't get past the third track on this. I just get incredibly bored and think of something better I could be listening to.

cometuesday
January 20th 2008



959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate these guys because they could be so much better but seem to choose sucking instead.

jrowa001
April 19th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this has some catchy tunes but for the most part it cant hold my attention for that long. might lower it to a 2.5

Ayashi
May 30th 2008



265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good. No, it's great

SHOOTME
May 30th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty awesome indie pop album.This Message Edited On 05.30.08

citizeninsane
June 10th 2008



131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

iiiiiits juuuuust my..............japanese cigarette case......bring a mirror to my face......

love it.

Anthracks
June 16th 2008



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This started off as a 2.5 for me, now it's a strong 4. Took a very long time to grow on me (which is interesting considering how catchy it is), but I certainly love it now. Finer Feelings is the best song on here I think.

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halloway
August 19th 2008



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best straight-up rock album in recent memory... I really can't name anything I feel is wholeheartedly better.

Anthracks
August 31st 2008



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If Fonzie were still around I'm fairly certain this would be his favorite album.



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