July 9, 2007


Spoon Feeds Delicious Nutrition (MATTHEW OSHINSKY, July 9, 2007, NY Sun)

For those who hadn't seen or heard a metronome since the days of their grandmother's Steinway, it may have seemed incredible that a band with more than a decade of experience would need one, or, even more so, that the cadent tick-tock would be audible over four instruments and a room full of hipsters. But for those who have followed Spoon from sloppy Texas bar band to tucked-in riff monsters, it made perfect sense. And for those who hear "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," which will be released tomorrow by Merge Records (you can hear the full album at AOL Listening Party, it could even be considered the fifth member of the band, the not-so-silent partner.

If that sounds ominous, it's worth noting that "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" (or "Penta-Ga," as I prefer to call it), is the most open-aired and wide-ranging Spoon album since the band's 2001 milestone, "Girls Can Tell." Occasionally brilliant and always solid, the record is a sonic delicacy of rhythm and restraint, where kotos and chamberlains dance seamlessly with guitars and pianos, and where something as austere as a metronome (though inaudible on the record) plays just as important a role in the tonic.

That's because Spoon, which is known to be one of the tightest bands in the world, has always worked within self-imposed limits, a minimalist ethos that has less to do with sparse soundscapes and more to do with applying a particular process to rock 'n' roll and seeing what can be made within and without of carefully crafted parameters. The White Stripes, who just released their own sixth studio album, are proponents of the same theory, if not the same aesthetic, and it explains why both bands have managed to avoid being criticized for refusing to update or rearrange their styles.

LIVE: Spoon on The Interface (AOL: Spinner)
MP3s: "spoon" (HypeMachine)
-LIVE: Spoon - Live at Webster Hall, New York New York 6.9.05 (It's Hard to Find a Friend)
LIVE ARCHIVES: Spoon (Internet Archive)
-LIVE: Spoon (Morning Becomes Eclectic, MAY 13, 2005, KCRW)
-REVIEW: of 'Gimme Fiction' by Spoon (Ken Tucker, June 27, 2005, Fresh Air from WHYY)
-REVIEW ARCHIVES: Gimme Fiction by Spoon (Metacritic)
-REVIEW ARCHIVES: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon (Metacritic)

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2007 2:29 PM

Ya beat me to it. Always liked this band's sound.

Posted by: ted welter at July 9, 2007 3:54 PM