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click to enlarge Spoon  - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga  -  -  - Merge  -  - Sounds like: Spoonfuls of indie fun -  - Short take: Baby steps worth following -  - In many ways, Spoon's 2005 effort Gimme Fiction -  acted as a coming-out party, though the Austin- - based outfit actually had existed for years. That album's - idiosyncratic songwriting and tight guitar licks blended - perfectly into the burgeoning Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - indie rock universe. But the question remained as to - whether singer-guitarist-songwriter Britt Daniel could - rise to the occasion again. Thankfully, he does with - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's batch of hook-friendly tunes. - Standouts include the Cure-like "Don't You Evah," which - features the best use of hand claps since John - Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane," and the tuneful "Eddie's - Ragga." Though the majority of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - falls right in line with much of Gimme Fiction, - Daniels gets a pass by slyly imbuing some subtly - different vibes.   John Benson -
  • Spoon

    Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

    Merge

    Sounds like: Spoonfuls of indie fun

    Short take: Baby steps worth following

    In many ways, Spoon's 2005 effort Gimme Fiction acted as a coming-out party, though the Austin- based outfit actually had existed for years. That album's idiosyncratic songwriting and tight guitar licks blended perfectly into the burgeoning Clap Your Hands Say Yeah indie rock universe. But the question remained as to whether singer-guitarist-songwriter Britt Daniel could rise to the occasion again. Thankfully, he does with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga's batch of hook-friendly tunes. Standouts include the Cure-like "Don't You Evah," which features the best use of hand claps since John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane," and the tuneful "Eddie's Ragga." Though the majority of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga falls right in line with much of Gimme Fiction, Daniels gets a pass by slyly imbuing some subtly different vibes. John Benson

click to enlarge Pearl Jam  - Live at the Gorge  -  -  - Monkeywrench  -  - Sounds like: Grunge graduates to classic rock -  - Short take: A memorable snapshot -  - Considering the number of Pearl Jam live albums - released  not to mention the, oh, say, hundred-plus - official bootlegged concerts  any new live package - from the Seattle band might seem as exciting as another - Jimi Hendrix greatest hits effort. But somehow, the - seven-disc Live at the Gorge, which is taped - over the span of three concerts (one in 2005 and two in - 2006), is a must-have for all fans of Eddie Vedder and - Co. From the fiery "Daughter" (which now includes a new, - politically based tag that will blow your mind), to a - harmonica/blues-guitar-laced, slow-burning version of - the B-side "Footsteps," you'll be hard-pressed to hide - your emotions. If you're still looking for confirmation - that Pearl Jam is kicking, Live at the Gorge is - your proof.  John Benson -
  • Pearl Jam

    Live at the Gorge

    Monkeywrench

    Sounds like: Grunge graduates to classic rock

    Short take: A memorable snapshot

    Considering the number of Pearl Jam live albums released not to mention the, oh, say, hundred-plus official bootlegged concerts any new live package from the Seattle band might seem as exciting as another Jimi Hendrix greatest hits effort. But somehow, the seven-disc Live at the Gorge, which is taped over the span of three concerts (one in 2005 and two in 2006), is a must-have for all fans of Eddie Vedder and Co. From the fiery "Daughter" (which now includes a new, politically based tag that will blow your mind), to a harmonica/blues-guitar-laced, slow-burning version of the B-side "Footsteps," you'll be hard-pressed to hide your emotions. If you're still looking for confirmation that Pearl Jam is kicking, Live at the Gorge is your proof. John Benson

click to enlarge The Chemical Brothers  - We Are the Night  -  -  - Astralwerks / U.S. release date: July - 17  -  - Sounds like: A subterranean London club, circa - 1998 -  - Short take: Musical taffy -  - Doing big beat now, a full decade past its heyday, The - Chemical Brothers somehow have managed to remain - compelling. The English duo  known best for 1997's - "Block Rockin' Beats"  seemingly lacks both the need to - change and the will to do so. Featuring up-and-comers - Klaxons, Willie Mason and Ali Love alongside such has- - beens as Fatlip and Midlake, the Brothers' new album, - We Are the Night, is a clear - improvement from their more scattershot Push the - Button. Yet at this point, while the guests are - welcome, the Brothers work best guestless, as old - friends who know each other incredibly well. Any - collaborator they add into the mix is just a third wheel, - intruding upon the elastic treble-clef melodies.  - Matt Martin
  • The Chemical Brothers

    We Are the Night

    Astralwerks / U.S. release date: July 17

    Sounds like: A subterranean London club, circa 1998

    Short take: Musical taffy

    Doing big beat now, a full decade past its heyday, The Chemical Brothers somehow have managed to remain compelling. The English duo known best for 1997's "Block Rockin' Beats" seemingly lacks both the need to change and the will to do so. Featuring up-and-comers Klaxons, Willie Mason and Ali Love alongside such has- beens as Fatlip and Midlake, the Brothers' new album, We Are the Night, is a clear improvement from their more scattershot Push the Button. Yet at this point, while the guests are welcome, the Brothers work best guestless, as old friends who know each other incredibly well. Any collaborator they add into the mix is just a third wheel, intruding upon the elastic treble-clef melodies. Matt Martin

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