Saturday, February 23, 2008

They Might Be Giants – The Else

Clever wordplay, interesting song topics, and melody, melody, melody are the centerpieces of the newest album from They Might Be Giants. Recorded with a full band, TMBG has departed from their older style of quirky electronic songs in favor of a more straight-forward format. TMBG brought in The Dust Brothers (Beastie Boys) to produce the record, and their presence is felt in the fuzz-laden bass and crunchy guitars. The shining point of The Else are the melodies. Ringleaders John Flansburg and John Linnell craft hooks that will be stuck in your cranium for days on end. The result is a record that is just plain fun to listen to from start to finish. I mean how can you go wrong with lyrics like this? “We're the Mesopotamians/Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh/This is my last stick of gum/I'm going to cut it up so everybody else gets some/Except for Ashurbanipal who says my haircut makes me look like a Mohenjo-daroan”


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