Some indie bands get lucky. A few favorable reviews can snowball into a worldwide hype. Spoon, a foursome from Austin, Texas, have been making good albums for years and their new one Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga takes them them up a few notches on the popularity scale, receiving tons of praise form the music blogger community.
So, is Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga really that good? Yes and no. Yes, because there a lot of changes taken rhythmically and their main man and songwriter Britt Daniel comes up with interesting lyrics. No, because they hold back. It feels like that there was an A&R man in the studio telling the band to crawl back to the mainstream in order to sell more records. Rave reviews from the cognoscenti are pretty cool, but there are bills to be paid.
The line-up on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is listed as faux punks/gentlemen dudes, a bit a of a lark that holds a lot of truth in it. They sound smooth and confident, trying to add a touch of garage into the songs. Spoon lacks a cutting edge, but the album comes with an extra that is more interesting: the 22 minutes bonus disc Get Nice! You can hear the band trying out new things, experimenting, noodling and mucking about. Here they sound rough and ready, trading licks and fills, feeling their way into the new material.
Britt Daniel: vocals, guitar
Jim Eno: drums
Rob Pope: bass
Eric Harvey: keyboard, guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is released in Europe on Anti Records.Tracks:
- Don’t Make Me A Target
- The Ghost Of You Lingers
- You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
- Don’t You Evah
- Rhthm And Soul
- Eddie’s Ragga
- The Underdog
- My Little Japanese Cigarette Case
- Finer Feelings
- Black Like Me