They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants


3.5
great

Review

by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
December 10th, 2005 | 76 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


As you can tell I am a huge fan of this band. Besides my grandpa I can't think of anybody else really enjoys listening to They Might Be Giants. I don't know what it is, I guess the bands singles turned a lot of people off, I mean Particle Man is one of the most nerdy and quirky songs I have ever listened to. I don't know why but I really like this band, I don't typically listen to music with grown men singing about particles, but They Might Be Giants really make it work. This is the bands debut album, released in 1986.

This is probably the bands most experimental and groovy album to date. Borrowing influences from new-wave, pop, jazz, nerd-rock, and alt/rock, TMBG's really make something special. There are so many different ideas and experiments, this album is an interesting listen every time. This album has an upbeat feel to it, and sometimes this music can even seem eerie and funky. There are so many different moods on here, one song can be an upbeat, sugary pop tune and the next could be a straight up polka song. John Linnel basically covers everything here, most of this music is poppy and fun, but there can be some eerie, and funky tracks thrown in. There are no rules, and that is what makes this such a fun, and intruiging listen.

Almost every instrument imaginable is used on here. Violins, guitars, brass instruments, accordians, chimes, and synthesizers. The violins and the accordian have a huge impact on the music. They are used in most of these songs and they give the music a charming, quirky, pop feel. This is probably one of the most experimental and strangest pop albums that I have ever listened too. When I say this band uses a violin, I don't mean they use it like the dreadful pop band Yellowcard does, the violin plays a huge impact on this album. Backing the violions and accordian up is the guitar. Basically the guitar is used for playing catchy melodies and simple riifs to give this a jangle-pop feel. Mixing in some brass instruments, synth sounds, and bells They Might Be Giants create a unique and enjoyable journey. This album is very quirky and upbeat, no two songs sound the same and John Linnel makes a fresh and exciting sound.

The vocals are the hit or miss part to the album. John's vocal delivery is nerdy, stale, and raw. I stated this in my other review for this band, but John really does sound like an 8th grade band geek with a high pitched, nerdy voice. The music can be hit or miss at times, some of TMBG's experiments fail, but the vocals are the big thing that turn people off. John's voice mixes great with the strange orchestrations and pop ideas from the album, John's voice can be very hard to get into. Throughout the odd interchanging instruments and arrangements, John's voice makes this a truly unique and most of all strange, quirky listen.

Overall this is possibly one of the most experimental and funky pop albums I have every listened too. I will warn you right now that this music is not for everybody. They Might Be Giant's use about 15 different instruments, together they create a childish, quirky, and playful sound. This debut album sounds experimental and obviously undeveloped. I enjoy most of these songs but some of them seem like old b-sides thrown onto the album. John's strange, nerdy vocals create an upbeat, psychadelic and sometimes eerie feel. It mixes excellent with the upbeat nature of this album but sometimes he goes out of his range and it really hurts. If you enjoy pop music, alt/rock, or experimental and unconvential music than give this a shot.

Overall Rating : 3.5/5

Pros: Quirky & Upbeat - Experimental - Fun - Wide variety of Instruments

Cons: Vocals are hit or miss - Very experimental, some tracks are hit or miss

Recommended Tracks:Everything Right Is Wrong - Don't Let's Start - Boat Of Car - Chess Piece Face



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Comments:Add a Comment 
innerdark
December 10th 2005


749 Comments


nice review, but you're an evil man, you could have gave my feeder review 5 min as the newest review at least :upset:

Storm In A Teacup
December 11th 2005


26746 Comments


Wonderful job, except what I want are Gentle Giant reviews.

pulseczar
December 11th 2005


2385 Comments


Kripes I'll give you some Gentle Giant reviews soon enough ;)


nice review Zebra, I don't like this band though.

Storm In A Teacup
December 11th 2005


26746 Comments


[quote=Galapogos]Kripes I'll give you some Gentle Giant reviews soon enough[/quote]

I would love that.

I would do it myself, but I don't think I could review that kind of music myself just yet.

Scott Herren
December 11th 2005


192 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

She's an Angel is possibly the best song ever recorded by anyone.

Cravinov13
December 11th 2005


3854 Comments


They're okay

sgrevs
December 12th 2005


698 Comments


This is an amusing alubm, the band has very clever lyrics.

wikuk
December 12th 2005


1110 Comments


good review, i only know exquisitive dead guy or something. very funny

Simon Kent
April 18th 2006


58 Comments


cleverest band ever

UncleSombrero
November 29th 2008


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't Lets Start is quite possibly the greatest tune EVER.

pjorn
February 9th 2017


4403 Comments


Don't Lets Start is quite possibly the greatest tune EVER. [2]

Also, wew lad 9 year bump >.>

Ryus
February 9th 2017


17775 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fav band as a youngun

pjorn
February 9th 2017


4403 Comments


same, loved these guys when I was a kid. finally got to see them play in 2015 and it was really awesome.

ArsMoriendi
July 13th 2017


26915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The music and lyrics on this are fantastic, but those country vocals are a bit of a turn off, 4 for now...

Digging: The Beta Band - Champion Versions

SandwichBubble
July 13th 2017


9992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll take it! Hope it grows on you

ArsMoriendi
July 15th 2017


26915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

32 Footsteps is perfection

GhandhiLion
July 20th 2017


5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its like the residents meets weird Al. Or something.

Digging: Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor Pour la Fin du Temps

SandwichBubble
July 20th 2017


9992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

❤❤❤❤❤ :O MY TROMBONER ❤❤❤❤❤

GhandhiLion
July 20th 2017


5310 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



❤ I'm gonna stick this on my phone. Music needs to be heard on public transport before I can 4 it.

SandwichBubble
July 20th 2017


9992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Honestly, I'm just happy you like this album.

But if you 4 this my trombone will be at the 7th position



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