Sometimes Spoon feels like a significantly cooler Steely Dan. The major difference, of course, being that Spoon is playing rock and roll and the dorks with a seriously cool band name are busy being snooty art school musicians. Britt Daniel is cooler than them. By cool, I mean he has the best quality control in history seeing as how there isn't a bad song on any of his albums. (Come on - prove me wrong.)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb (Country Demo)
My hope would have been for a live album, or a collection of actual rarities, but in Bonus Tracks 2008-2009, we get a collection of demos with a few alternate versions that originally were posted for free download on the Spoon website.
Most of the demos sound close to what appeared on Spoon's two previous albums, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Transference, and don't stand out all that much with one exception, and it likely has nothing to do the song itself except for one significant thing. "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" is the best song on Bonus Tracks 2008-2009, no shock because it also is one of the best songs on either album it was actually released as part of.
I thought, when I saw it on the track list and then when I started listening to it, of The Rolling Stones. The only other time I can remember a band doing a country themed version of their own song is "Country Honk" so I couldn't help it. Just to be clear, I'm not comparing "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" to "Honkey Tonk Woman." At all. It's just the only other time I can think of it happening.
Bonus Tracks 2008-2009 is not an essential album by any means but the differences on nearly every one of these are the differences between them being very decent songs and the great songs they turned out to be. It's at least as good as any of the last couple of Stones albums though, and that counts for more some people probably think.
Buy Bonus Tracks 2008-2009 from Spoon. (It's only $6.30. Totally worth it.)