Beating his drum Nuclear dicks with their dialect drawls," both victim and perpetrator become crystal clear. Ga Ga travels past in a flash-- at 36 minutes, it returns to the brief runtime that Fiction well surpassed-- but leaves plenty of reasons to revisit.
Daniel and drummer Jim Eno's tendencies toward studio-based devilry come full-flower here, each listen revealing craftsmen reveling in detail. What in lesser hands could be extra-textual gobbledygook instead feels the product of studio freestyling, something to which the murky mixing-board wizardry of Jamaican dub is an obvious precursor.
Penultimate song "Finer Feelings" is one bit of proof, its wide-open guitars-- straight from Sandinista! With the addition of echoed ambiance from a Brussels fair field recording, "Feelings" acquires the aura of a surreal Kingston sound system. Earlier, "Evah"'s introduction dips into the self-referentiality the band flirted with on Fiction , featuring a diced-up, looped Daniel asking Eno to record his studio talkback.
It was even more boldly experimental and eccentrically euphoric than any of their previous outings, but uniquely casual and accessible in its display of brilliance. What makes the group so fervently loved by so many cannot be found in universal commercial appeal, but rather in the vast collection of inimitable, individually stunning moments the band has stockpiled across their discography.
Here are a handful of my own:. Cherry Bomb. Not a single note is employed unnecessarily, yet even still their self-restraint sounds captivatingly self-indulgent. Where earlier albums like Girls Can Tell and Kill The Moonlight suggested an adherence to musical austerity, Ga Ga let squelching horns, dancing chimes, and luxurious strings into the mix, but still managed to rigidly dictate the terms of their involvement, uncompromisingly incorporating them in a way that seems inimitably Spoon.
But on Ga Ga , the production never smacked to garner attention, instead achieving it with sheer acrobatic impressiveness.
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