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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Something happened to Spoon between records five and six--they got big. It's not as if these unprepossessing Texans were unpopular before, but after Gimme Fiction, their music was everywhere. There was Britt Daniel, who has since moved to Oregon, singing karaoke on cult favorite Veronica Mars, there was his soundtrack for deadpan Will Ferrell vehicle Stranger Than Fiction, and then there were the countless times their tunes, especially 2002's "The Way We Get By," appeared in other movies and TV shows. The irony is that they hadn't signed to a major label (they tried that in the 1990s; it didn't take). Nor had they given their sound a major overhaul. Maybe it was a change of publicist, or maybe the times had simply caught up with these "faux punks/gentlemen dudes." In any case, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the mark of men confident enough to give their album one of the world's goofiest titles (at least it's an improvement over Queen's "Radio Ga Ga"). If Gimme Fiction was a transitional work, record number six moves even further away from the angularity of Wire and other early influences. "The Ghost of You Lingers", for instance, is downright dreamy, while "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" is brass-bedecked power-pop (with chimes!). Open-minded listeners will surely find this Beatlesque song cycle irresistible. Fans of Spoon's darker, more dramatic material might want to check their expectations at the door. They'll be glad they did. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga finds Spoon moving further away from their punk beginnings and broadening their sonic pallet, it is arguably their most accessible record yet. While 'The Ghost of You Lingers' registers one of their most experimental album tracks so far, a masterpiece of lo-fi minimalism (further leftfield than 'Kill the Moonlight's peerless 'Paper Tiger'), tracks like 'You Got Yr Cherry Bomb' and 'Underdog' are spangled pop bedecked with chimes and trombones. This occasional (bitter) sweetness adds respite to the noirish nocturnal moods carried over from Gimme Fiction, prevalent here in some inspired studio touches. The electronic embellishments hover ghost-like over much of the music, sometimes subverting Daniels' melodic thrust, sometimes underlining it. As on Gimme Fiction these moods are patient but pervasive, rewarding repeated listens.

'Don't Make Me A Target' is as rugged as the album gets, with Britt Daniels repeating the title refrain with his trademark bluesy rasp. Not exactly a mission statement, this is an inconspicuous opener from a band who have produced many songs of this ilk and are (to use a Blairism) better when they're boldest. 'Ghost Of You Lingers' flips the script entirely with three minutes of unfulfilled tensions and eerie ambience. Building on a Philip Glass style piano loop and spectral vocals shifting from speaker to speaker it seems primed, improbably, to turn into something Underworld might write. However, when it suddenly ends, its tensions unresolved, the lingering, haunting mood of its title pervades.

'You Got Yr Cherry Bomb' works a brass section and Phil Spector-patented chimes into its achingly bittersweet pop; a trick repeated on 'Underdog', an attack on mediocrity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Warning: Spoon have changed their sound, and made it poppier. If that fills you with dread, flee to the fire exits.

And their latest album "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" (a little dada homage) is Spoon trying out some new styles for their music. It's crammed crammed with more uptempo, energetic melodies, played on the bones of the band's tightly-wound, grimy rock'n'roll and darkly elusive lyrics. It's not a masterpiece, but it's not merely a rock band "going pop."

It kicks off with the tight, grimy riffs and thumping piano, with Britt Daniel murmuring, "Here come the man from the stars/we don't know why he go so far/and keep on marching along/beating his drum." It has a political vibe, without being too blatant about it ("When you reach back in his mind/feels like he's breaking the law...").

Okay. Now the experimentation begins, with percussive piano and Daniels' murmuring, echoing voice, like a ghost stuck inside a piano. And it's followed by the lush horn-and-piano rocker "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb," which seems to be straddling the line between "fun and catchy" and "raw."

From there, they do some distinctly different spins on their usual raw rock'n'roll, which usually turn out pretty catchy -- tightly-wound guitar pop splashed with horns, rough-edged ballads, blazing dancey rock tunes, the grimy funky "Eddie's Ragga," a rattling acoustic rocker, and some raw powerpop flavoured with Hammond.

To be honest, the news that Spoon was trying out a "new" sound was enough to make me hop around in a panic. Well, I shouldn't have done that. While "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" is not a rock masterpiece on the level of "Gimme Fiction," the Austin band does an excellent job of dressing up their trademark sound with some new flourishes.
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By Kevin on 12 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
With a decades worth of back catalogue stellar, no-filler records, Spoon have managed to surpass themselves and fans once more with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's opening track is "Don't Make Me a Target," a song that reminds the dedicated of Spoon's signature minimal rhythmic piano/guitar sounds.

The album then leaps into new and different territory and you quickly realise that the band have jumped through several different stylistic changes quicker than your favourite Jukebox.

"It's a master class in musical adaptability; from the chilling "The Ghost of You Lingers", through the guaranteed festival cherry-pop anthem of 2007 "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb", Bret singing the chorus in a beautiful falsetto, to Indie classic "The Underdog" with horns Blaring in the background."
Just when you think you cant be surprised anymore "Finer Feelings" comes in with a great guitar part, Spot-on vocal melody. "Black Like Me" is exceptionally well produced and ends the album on a triumphant positive note.

The strongest song on the album "Underdog" is truly one of Spoon's greatest and most adventurous tracks to date. This song is guaranteed to bring more of the masses to the world of Spoon!

The Britt Daniel originals on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga comprise possibly his most heartfelt honest and touching batch of songs to date and show what a mature songwriter, performer he and Spoon have become compared to 1996's "Telephono". This year Spoon have been together for over a decade now and have one of the most determined work ethics of any band doing the circuit!

This is a truly unique and pleasure of an album!
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