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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive They Might Be Giants album, 12 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Lincoln (Audio CD)
People who have some They Might Be Giants in their CD collection can be put into one of two categories: they are either fanatics who'd happily purchase anything under TMBG's name, or they're people who own (but rarely listen to) the album Flood, simply because they were after that one song (Birdhouse In Your Soul). This is a shame, really, since this album, Lincoln, which in 1989 pushed U2's The Joshua Tree off the top of the US indie chart, is one of the most important alternative rock albums ever produced.
Ana Ng, the album's opener, is a delightful tune, and, perhaps unusually for a song so catchy, it does not get on your nerves after repeated listens. Other highlights include: They'll Need A Crane, which contains the best middle-8 section since Costello's Oliver's Army; the singalong Shoehorn With Teeth; Kiss Me, Son Of God; Where Your Eyes Don't Go; dammit every song (with the exception of maybe The World's Address) is great.
In a nutshell: this album is hugely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Might Be Giants GIANT album, 27 Jan 2003
This review is from: Lincoln (Audio CD)
I've read some reviews of other albums by TMBG, and everyone seems to consider Lincoln as some form of transition. If that's the case, the transition should have stopped here! This is a truly incredible album. Opener Ana Ng is a fantastic way to start procedings containing the most convoluted way to describe China I have ever heard! My personal favourite TMBG songs are all here - Lie Still Little Bottle, Cowtown, They'll Need a Crane, Snowball in Hell - and the tracks are typically as eclectic as only TMBG can be. This is the album that I would always recommend to any human being in the world - get the rest if you want but DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy only one TMBG CD make it this one, 27 April 2006
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For my money, this is best TMBG album. The amount of variety on here is amazing, ranging from punk through to jazz via Latin America. The songs are tuneful (even if the singing is a bit dodgy at times) and the lyrics are hilarious (now you're the only one here who can tell me if it's true. That you love me and I love me) yet often quite touching (a woman's voice on the radio can convince you you're in love. A woman's voice on the telephone can convince you you're alone). The arrangements are magnificent too, mainly lots of crunchy guitar, accordion and drum machine but some tracks have neither of these instruments (Shoehorn with teeth is played on Casio Midihorns and Kiss Me Son of God on a string quartet). Even the less good tracks (Purple Toupee, Santa's beard) are short so you don't need to skip them. Go on buy it. You have my word of honour that you will find something on here that you will love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars giants ar so cool !!!, 13 Jan 2001
This review is from: Lincoln (Audio CD)
most people first heard of "they might be giants" through their FLOOD album. That ones in most peoples cd collection by now. LINCOLN is no less an offering they themes rise an fall as ever. The back bone of Squeeze box, Guitar and nasel vocal delivery will hold you enthralled enchanted and enraptured.
Ana Ng. No typo error but track one and, KICKING!!! franetic pace. Cowtown. "going to see the cow beneath the sea" ye ha, marching along you'll find yourself whistling this one... you can. Lie Still Little Bottle. TMBG excellance. Great Bass. understatement and poise and flair. Purple Toupee. Dance tune. Wild and fast. Lovely. Cage and Aquarium. Drunken rythemn (hick) tight vocal harmoney. Where Your Eyes Dont Go. Oh-Oh!!! TMBG Classic!Fabulous. Piece of Dirt. Ah! the futility of life. Mr Me. Swooping bass. Lyrically excellent. Too short like a lot of TMBG. Pencil Rain. Martial fanfares, it's so familiar! Worlds Address. Cha cha cha. 11. I've Got A Match. No but I've got a dark brown overcoat. 12. Santa's Beard. Christmas tune, phone your local radio station and demand playlisting during the season. 13. You'll Miss Me. Hiss, such venom in that delivery. 14. They'll Need A Crane. They will. This crane is loaded! 15. Shoehorn With Teeth. One of the first songs my boy, now 6 used to sing, then aged 18 months. 16. Stand On Your Own Head. "give me some skin to call my own." fine twisting wordplay. 17. Snowball In Hell. Laid back finery. 18. Kiss Me, Son Of God. Mwa mwa.
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