TOP TRACK: “Don’t You Evah”
As one of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’s most popular tracks implies, Spoon’s Britt Daniel has always been an “Underdog.” Labels have dropped him, critics have damned him, bandmates and managers have quit on him. Daniel has always had to prove his doubters wrong, and with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, he succeeded.
The album is brash, coy and confident in a way that only Daniel knows how to deliver. Not to mention stunningly cool, especially on tracks like “Don’t Make Me a Target.” It also happens to be one of a handful of key indie rock recordings to truly reach the masses. The album debuted at number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and songs like “Don’t You Evah” and “Underground” have since made the television, movie and video game soundtrack rounds. Yet even amidst the mainstream’s adoration, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga retains a heavy sense of sincerity, a type of approachability unique to this band. In the words of Daniel himself, “it’s hard for me to keep people at arm’s length.”
— John Cassillo