I’ve Listened to This Recently…

…and became relieved when I realized that I hadn’t, actually, missed out on an important time in music history.*

Artist: Spoon
Album: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Format: LP

The cleanest people are the dirtiest. Priests with their little boys. Young, horny teachers and their students. Songwriters living on the fray of acceptable that get quick exposure, falter, and then rebound with such a velocity that one questions doubts that were only a few months old.

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga?

“He smells like the inside of closets upstairs/The kind where nobody goes”.

Spoon needed soul. 1998’s A Series of Sneaks and 2001’s Girls Can Tell reeked of it. When 2002’s Kill the Moonlight emerged, Spoon took off the musty coat and donned a direction that focused equally on songwriting and studio production, whereas before the weight leaned more towards memorable hooks. 2005’s Gimme Fiction had its lickable, sweet sections but seemed, even after such a long history, parallel to a sophomore slump.

Yep. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

“You got no fear of the underdog/That’s why you will not survive”.

Enjoy the fame, relish the freebies. You ARE the other half now. Swim in it.

Openness: the last studio frontier for Spoon. Everything had its place in the mix…piano here. Bells/drum fill/whistle there. This is the album that they found space. Breathing room. The songs are back. Thank goddamn they have room to show you what is lying underneath. Hear it? Of course you can. It comes between the banisters of drums/vocals/bass/percussion/organ/piano.

You’ve heard it before.

It’s soul.

It’s sexy. But legal.

Breathe deep the bon-fire-warmth of fresh energy. Breathe deep the retreat back to the time where all you could say was, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga”.

Genre: Rock

Score: A

Goods: Understanding of where they came from and why they’re there.

Bads: You really should’ve seen them last time they were in town.

*This album is just a piece of the pizza pie that is important music right now. This is not the pinnacle, nor the valley.


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