Spoon In Retrospective (Part 4): Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

This is the fourth part of a five part series of Spoon in preparation for their upcoming concert at the Polyforum Siqueiros in Mexico City which I’ll be attending.

It’s now time to review the greatest pop album in human history. but first, I forgot to mention a little detail last time. You see, when I first heard Gimme Fiction and I had no idea of how the timeline of Spoon’s discography was, I thought Gimme Fiction had been released before Kill The Moonlight. It felt inferior, and not as in worse, but less evolved. Like I said, Moonlight had more experimentation, studio chatter, and just more aspects that made me believe it was an evolution of the Spoon found in Gimme Fiction. When I found out Fiction was released after Kill The Moonlight I was very surprised. But that’s not what we’re talking about now.  Or is it?

No, it’s not. We’re here to discuss Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and Ga Ga is serious business. It’s perfection. Pop heaven. At least the first times you listen to it, I’d say first five. I know when I heard it first I was amazed by it, and it only made more sense and got better with the other few listens. But after that it went downhill. Maybe not downhill, perhaps it was just a bump. I might have even talked about this in the New Pornographers’ Together review, it also happens with that album. But man, did I enjot those first few listens. I still can listen to it and remember why I loved it. It is great, but it gets old and tired.

Let’s start with the fact that this is Spoon’s weirdest, most experimental and complete album. It has everything. Crazy Moonlight experiments like “Ghost of your Lingers”, awesome Fiction rock guitar solos like in “Don’t Make Me A Target”, feel-good pop songs like “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” and “The Underdog”, catchy head bopping songs like “Don’t You Evah”, almost touching ballads like “Black Like Me”, and just plain Spoon-styled songs like “Finer Feelings”. It even has mariachis. It’s great. I could sing along to this album for DAYS. I probably have done so. Maybe that’s why I got burned out of it?

I love every part of this album. I love the studio chatter. I love how it sounds like they are dropping guitars and talking behind the music. I know it’s staged, but it makes it feel closer. The production is superb. Pitch perfect. Nothing gets overshadowed, not if it’s not on purpose. Everything fits and sounds right, always. There’s a part in “Don’t You Evah” where there are like 3 Britt Daniels singing different things at the same time and it sounds great. Don’t know how anybody else could make that sound good. Every time I hear this record I find something new about it, some little instrument or verse that surprises me, some effect that I hadn’t noticed. I LOVE THIS RECORD. I don’t even mind its stupid name or its weird cover (I don’t like the font).

And now, everything that I had to say about my nearly non-rational love for Ga Ga, comes the debate.  Leave aside Hissing Fauna, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Vampire Weekend, Rocco DeLuca, Neon Bible, The Thief And The Heartbreaker, and even Boxer; 2007 saw two of my favorite albums see the light. Those are Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, of course; and Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky. I like to think that I don’t really have to pick a favorite, that they can both exist; but I still think everyday about this universal incognita.


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