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Editors’ Notes

It's sometimes hard to figure out which They Might Be Giants songs are aimed at grownups and which are meant for kids; the duo's love of wacky gestures and smart but silly songwriting means it's easy to confuse the two. "Circular Karate Chop" doesn't necessarily indicate its intended audience, since who doesn't love a killer pop hook and a goofy, spaced-out bridge? But the Brooklyn-based songwriters (inhabitants of that borough long before the last three or four waves of hipness) have set their sights back on the over-12 portion of their audience. "Call You Mom" is an awkward dating tactic. (Does any woman want to hear that she reminds her date of his mom?) "Tesla" is a history lesson of the legendary inventor in two minutes. The 43-second "Sleep" is the first of nine songs that come in at less than a minute. These miniatures prove a song can be anything you want it to be.

Customer Reviews


I suppose this is the part where we hack into a radio stations computer and replace the same 25 songs they usually play with these significantly better ones.

They can't fail Amazing

Been listening to They Might be Giants since I was in the 3rd grade and im 34 yrs old. I love all of their music but this has remnants of all of their music in my opinion. Fantastic arrangement. One of the best in a while mainly because it feels more oldschool with a nice bit of their newer sound as well. They can't fail


One of their best, if not the best, albums yet. I feel like they were in a rut since the turn of the century, but this is way better than The Else or Join Us in my opinion, not to say I didn't like those two albums.


Formed: 1983 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining a knack for infectious melodies with a quirky sense of humor and a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the New York post-punk underground, They Might Be Giants became an unlikely alternative rock success story as they reinvented themselves throughout their career. Musically, John Flansburgh and John Linnell borrowed from everywhere, but this eclecticism was enhanced by their arcane sensibilities. The duo referenced everything from British Invasion to Tin Pan Alley, while making...
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