Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
"Attention to detail" doesn't necessarily sound like the secret ingredient to brilliant rock & roll, but in Spoon's case, it comes second only to inspiration. Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and company keep finding ways to challenge themselves and their listeners by working within the same basic, streamlined sonic framework they crafted on Girls Can Tell, adding a few new twists here and there with each album. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga just might be the most winning update on this approach since Girls Can Tell itself: each song is as carefully and creatively pruned as a bonsai tree, with nothing fussy or superfluous to mar the clean lines of the songwriting or arrangements. This is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
"Attention to detail" doesn't necessarily sound like the secret ingredient to brilliant rock & roll, but in Spoon's case, it comes second only to inspiration. Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and company keep finding ways to challenge themselves and their listeners by working within the same basic, streamlined sonic framework they crafted on Girls Can Tell, adding a few new twists here and there with each album. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga just might be the most winning update on this approach since Girls Can Tell itself: each song is as carefully and creatively pruned as a bonsai tree, with nothing fussy or superfluous to mar the clean lines of the songwriting or arrangements. This is especially impressive considering that on this album, Spoon works with their widest array of sounds yet. Everything from kotos to chamberlains to horns straight out of Motown are fair game on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, but they're used so deftly and judiciously that they never feel like window dressing. As on Gimme Fiction, the band maps out Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's territory within the first three tracks. "Don't Make Me a Target" is a sleek yet gritty prologue designed to draw listeners in like Fiction's "The Beast and Dragon, Adored," and its seductive pull only heightens the impact of "The Ghost of You Lingers." All pounding pianos and fleeting, fragmented verses, the song initially feels like it's all buildup and no release, but this insistent yet incomplete feeling is what makes it haunting and brilliant: its circling thoughts and echoes upon echoes feel like you're chasing the song -- or its subject -- to no avail. Even if "The Ghost of You Lingers" almost perversely avoids hooks, "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"'s homage to blue-eyed soul delivers them in abundance. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's songs are svelte, especially compared to Gimme Fiction, yet they're far from starved. Interesting details decorate the margins of these songs, whether it's the studio chatter that revs up "Don't You Evah" or the fascinatingly fragmented lyrics of "Eddie's Ragga" ("there ain't no getting over Joanie Hale-Maier"). Jon Brion pops up bass, chamberlain, and production duties on "The Underdog," one of Spoon's bounciest, brassiest nods to classic pop in a long time, and a perfect contrast to the exotic, spooky minimalism of "My Little Japanese Cigarette Case"'s shivery kotos and Spanish guitars. Concise and lively ("Black Like Me" is as close as the album gets to a ballad), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is a remarkable blend of focus and creativity; even if Spoon's modus operandi seems overly regimented on paper, the results are just as elegant as they are fun.
New York Times
The result is an indie-rock album that sounds mysterious without being diffident or difficult, without piling on the noise or retreating into whimsy.
Rolling Stone
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga might be Spoon's commercial breakthrough, doing for them what "Good News" did for Modest Mouse, but for certain it's one of the Austin, Texas, trio's finest records.
New York Magazine
Each and every hand clap and piano chord on their foot-stomping, flawless new album is obsessively placed.

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga might be Spoon's commercial breakthrough, doing for them what "Good News" did for Modest Mouse, but for certain it's one of the Austin, Texas, trio's finest records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855029511
  • Catalog Number: 50295
  • Sales rank: 10,129

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spoon Primary Artist
Ron Blake Trumpet
Jon Brion Bass, Bass Guitar, chamberlain
John Catchings Cello
Billy White Flamenco Guitar
Francisco Torres Trombone
Graham Hughes Background Vocals
Mike McCarthy Koto
Britt Daniel Vocals
Robert Pope Bass
Jim Eno Drums
Jason Freese Saxophone
Tosca String Quartet Strings
Ron Blake Trumpet
Matthew Colecchi Koto
Eggo Johanson Tambourine
Yasmine Kittles Background Vocals
Tommy Poole Horn
Rob Pope Bass Guitar
Eric Harvey Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jon Brion Producer, Audio Production
Spoon Audio Production
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Jeff Byrd Live Sound
Mike McCarthy Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ugo Mulas Cover Photo
Britt Daniel Composer, Producer
Jim Eno Composer, Producer, Engineer
Julian Tepper Composer
Max Tepper Composer
Derek Vockins Composer
Ben Dickey Management
Greg Koller Engineer
BD Audio Production
Je Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not As Catchy as Gimme Fiction... Its sort of a throw back to the Girls can tell days... But i love it!!!! The bonus CD, GET NICE! Is absoloutely fabulous. I was not expecting to find it where they hid it, But man I'm glad I got to hear mean, mad, margaret.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spoon rocks!!!!

    Spoon once again has proved itself one of the most talented,unique,good, and consistant bands of today. 10 tracks not too many but all are incredible and worth every penny. Yes gimme fiction may be a little better containing more tracks, but still if you have ears treat them to the awesomely awesome sound of spoon.

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