Wednesday, January 20, 2010

TK #6: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)

By the beating of the drums, something wicked this way comes. One of the decade’s most restlessly original bands made their play for the brass ring here, and grabbed it firmly with two hands. With drummer Jim Eno manipulating rhythm like soft clay, singer/songwriter/resident genius Britt Daniel shows his full arsenal, from wryly sinister (“Don’t Make Me a Target”) to enticingly obscure (“The Ghost of You Lingers”) to full-bore radio ecstasy (“The Underdog”) with horns! It plays out like the most spectacular highwire act, but what the audience doesn’t know is that this cat can fly.

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