Thursday, December 27, 2007

The 20 Best Albums of 2007 - Spoon: "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"

12.  Pop music has become a lost artform in recent years. Yeah, the music industry deserves a ton of blame for not adapting to the times and embracing digital distribution soon enough, but another component of their rapid demise has been their inability to recognize quality pop music when they see it. Fortunately for us there are labels like Merge Records who do the heavy lifting the major labels seem too disinterested to do themselves. 

Once again Merge bestowed upon the music listening public another pop music gem in the form of Spoon's sixth album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Nonsensical album title aside, the Austin quartet builds upon their reputation as the most efficient band in rock music with 36 minutes of seamless guitar hooks, toe-tapping melodies and soulful lyrics. What's more, Britt Daniel and company continue to pay homage to the best moments of American musical history by incorporating Motown-inspired piano rhythms, jazzy brass accompaniment and R&B melodies into their songs almost as a reminder to the rest of us of what good pop music used to sound like. Luckily for us, those sounds aren't completely lost on the current generation.

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