Monday, December 17, 2007

Ryan's Top 10: Number 9

#9 Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Well, I think its becoming pretty obvious now that all Spoon does is write good songs. I mean 6 albums in, and you basically can’t go wrong with any of the Spoon catalog. In my opinion, the cream of the crop lies with 2002’s Kill the Moonlight and 2005’s Gimme Fiction, but Spoon’s latest, the annoyingly titled Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga manages to run neck and neck with both of those previous albums. I think Aquarium Drunkard said it best, that even if all Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga does is become a gateway for your entry into all other things Spoon, then it’s already done its job. But, maybe a band like Spoon isn’t for you….i mean some people really just don’t like well-done songs, with catchy guitar and piano laced riffs. I’m not one of those people, but I’m sure they exist. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga also holds the title of being the most upbeat album in the Top 10, as most of the songs come at you fast with a biting guitar at front and center. Some songs can tend to suffer from a bit of repetitiveness (see “The Ghost of You Lingers), but those moments are few and far between. Its funny, in Bryan’s Top Ten post, which also included Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, he listed three standout songs for him which were “The Underdog”, “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case”, and “Black Like Me”…and those are all good songs, but I’m going to cite a different three as being my highlights on the album. I’ll begin with the first track on the album, “Don’t Make Me a Target”. The best way I can describe this song is just to say that for some reason I feel like a badass when I listen to it. I’m clearly not a badass, so when I get a feeling like this, I often like to repeat what got me there in the first place. That being said, I’ve listened to “Don’t Make Me a Target” a lot. My other two highlights are “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” and “Finer Feelings”, but you can’t really go wrong with any on the album. So, if you decided to pick up Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on a whim this year and haven’t yet made it to any of Spoon’s previous albums, then quit wasting time and hit up Kill the Moonlight immediately.

Final Tallies:

Number of posts written today about Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga: 1

Number of time typed the word Ga: 36

Spoon - Don't Make Me a Target

Spoon - You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb



aren said...

I like Don't Make Me a Target a lot. Its a bit more laid back than you made it sound in the write up. I was expecting a bit harder rock based on your "biting guitar at front and center" comment. Good tunes.

ryan said...

I suppose by "biting" i meant sharp guitar.

Most of the guitar comes across with a very sharp and tight sound. Not necessarily heavy, or rockin. And I especially think that describes the second half of "Target"

Glad you like the tunes. You should check out Spoon's older stuff, like "Jonathon Fisk".

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