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5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic collection on a single (double) album
This album has it all. The first album by "They Might Be Giants", eponymously titled, is on the first disc. This is still my favourite of all, but it is not to everyone's musical taste. It could be best described as "surreal pop". From the beautiful ballad "She's an Angel" to the just plain weird "Boat of a Car", the album swings...
Published on 18 Aug. 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not TMBG at their best or most consistent
I was a little disappointed by this compilation. I had heard most of the songs before and enjoyed most of them but found the albums to be generally a bit patchy and trying too hard to be quirky at the expense of being good songs. Almost all the 'filler' put in as 'new material' to bulk out the compilation is below standard as well unless you desperately want to hear a...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic collection on a single (double) album, 18 Aug. 2000
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This review is from: Then: Earlier Years (Audio CD)
This album has it all. The first album by "They Might Be Giants", eponymously titled, is on the first disc. This is still my favourite of all, but it is not to everyone's musical taste. It could be best described as "surreal pop". From the beautiful ballad "She's an Angel" to the just plain weird "Boat of a Car", the album swings every way possible, but somehow all of them worth investigating.
The second album is more... standard. But still very varied: it contains some wonderful perky pop-songs with bizarre lyrics, and the odd (and I mean odd) song entirely built around a single pun.
As for the other tracks (from EPs etc), my two favourite tracks on this collection are two of these tracks: "It's Not My Birthday" and "Nightgown of the Sullen Moon". They stand out particularly, but many are amazing, and you begin to wonder why they didn't get onto an album. Admittedly, there are a couple of tracks for which you don't wonder this: but with a collection of 60 tracks, this is inevitable.
To conclude: this collection is amazing. It contains many styles of experiment music, and some of these experiments seem to have been extraordinarily successful: some will stick in your head for months on end. It *is* expensive because it's an import.....But every TMBG should have it, and it's a good taster for those who haven't heard much of their music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not TMBG at their best or most consistent, 8 April 2006
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This review is from: Then: Earlier Years (Audio CD)
I was a little disappointed by this compilation. I had heard most of the songs before and enjoyed most of them but found the albums to be generally a bit patchy and trying too hard to be quirky at the expense of being good songs. Almost all the 'filler' put in as 'new material' to bulk out the compilation is below standard as well unless you desperately want to hear a group of schoolchildren singing 'Particle Man' (why would you?).
If you have either of the albums included on this compilation, it is not worth buying for the extras. If you are a TMBG fan and are looking to buy up their back catalogue, it is probably worth a look.
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