The Texas 30: The Third Runners-Up, Albums 60-51


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53. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
That's five "Ga"s, thank you very much, and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is where Britt Daniel started cashing Hollywood checks by landing "The Underdog" in movies like 2011's Horrible Bosses. It's also where he proved over and over and over again ("Rhthm and Soul," "Don't You Evah," "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb") that he's got this songwriting thing down to a science, and also that typos can be sexy.


52. Devin tha Dude, Just Tryin' ta Live (2002)
On Just Tryin' ta Live, Devin -- Rap-a-Lot's heavy-lidded class clown -- showed a narrative flow that rivaled Too $hort or Slick Rick, and that he wasn't a half-bad crooner besides. Except, however, "R&B" stood for "reefer & beer" rather than "rhythm & blues." Sort of.


51. Explosions In the Sky, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (2001)
One week before September 11, Austin's expansive instrumental post-rockers seemed almost clairvoyant on a full-length debut that opened with a song called "Greet Death" and closed 40 harrowing minutes later with "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept."





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