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They Might Be Giants - Join Us

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 07/11/2011 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

They Might Be Giants crept into my heart in the 90's with their songs on Tiny Toon Adventures. I picked up their album "John Henry" and fell in love with them instantly. To this day "I Should Be Allowed to Think" is one of my favorite songs of all time. They became part of the soundtrack to my life for many years to come. After a while their new albums didn't touch me the way they used to but I kept checking in on them to always be disappointed in their adult albums. I always found their children's album amusing and my kids really enjoyed them too. After four years and two children's albums they released another adult album. As I always do, I decided to give it a go.

With low expectations I started listening to the album. It starts off with "Can't Keep Johnny Down" which brought me back to the "Factory Showroom" days of TMBG. It was nice to hear such a great song starting off the album but I was still a bit cautious as I continued my journey through the album. To my delight the songs never let up once. Each song was great an able to stand on its own and arranged in such a way that the album as a whole was even better. You can hear the old TMBG in these songs and you can hear the progression that brought them here.

With so many great songs it was hard to decide what was my favorites. After much consideration "You Probably Get That a Lot" was my favorite song here. "The Lady and the Tiger" is also a really great song. It had a very Ween feel to it.

This is by far the best album they have put out in over ten years. An instant classic from a band that once was such a huge influence on me. The songs are weird and melodic. They have bizarre parts and great choice of instruments throughout. Not a single song is bad. With eighteen songs on here that is an amazing feat. Every song can stand on its own and worthy of great attention. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this album. TMBG fan? Buy this now! Never heard them? Not a bad place to start.

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I have not listened to these guys in years. I stopped after Flood. Glad to see they are still around.

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