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This review is from: A User's Guide To They Might Be Giants (Audio CD)
'A User's Guide...' is an excellent 29-track compilation taken from several albums by They Might Be Giants and can be seen as a more affordable companion to double-disc set 'Dial a Song' (it's been released alongside the UK issue of TMBG's kids album 'No')It comes wonderfully packaged, with amusing & informative sleevenotes, and is a reminder of what great popsong writers the two Johns are...
The whole collection sounds wonderful, from the tracks I knew well (Ana Ng, Birdhouse in Your Soul, Don't Let's Start, Boss of Me, Your Racist Friend) to those I didn't (just about everything else really- there always seemed to be loads of TMBG records and I didn't know where to start!)'A User's Guide...' is an ideal primer of the band's back-catalogue and alongside some of those tracks just mentioned, offers up further joys including She's An Angel (like a country Ultra Vivid Scene), We're the Replacements (amusing for fans of Paul Westerberg & co!), the gorgeous sugar-rush of Bangs, The Statue Got Me High, No!...the whole disc really!!! (I could probably live without the Austin Powers song, as I just never got ANYTHING around that franchise...)
A great collection and a band who follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Richman, Devo & Wesley Willis and lead towards such acts as Weezer, The Magnetic Fields & Barenaked Ladies...