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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lojinx
  • ASIN: B00B76BWOO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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They Might Be Giants have perfected their deliriously catchy, original sound over the past three decades. The two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals return with charming wit, electrifying pop melodies and just enough bass clarinet on their 16th studio album Nanobots . Created at the private studio of their long time collaborator and producer Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara), Nanobots will be released 11th March 2013 on Lojinx. Nanobots finds the band in fine form. Blending the band s signature storytelling, some dueling horns and sly humor, Call You Mom is a caffeinated pop gem. Title track Nanobots puts a dark cartoonish spin on the world of technology while the call and response chorus and percussive guitar line of You re On Fire dares even the grumpiest wallflower not to dance. They Might Be Giants innovative Dial-A-Song service and imaginative high concept, low budget music videos stood the band apart early in their career quickly rocketing thealternative rockers to mainstream success. Known for recording numerous themes most notably The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the GRAMMY-winning Malcolm In the Middle theme, the band has 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums, and have been nominated for 3 GRAMMYs, winning two.

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'They Might Be Giants helped write the manual for American geek-rock' --Q Magazine

'The geek-rock likes of Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie owe a debt to this multimillion-selling Brooklyn duo, purveyors or smark-alecky pop tunes.' --The Times

'The quirky alt.pop duo are currently enjoying a hipster-led popularity resurgence' --Time Out

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Being a fan of TMBG for over 20 years, I was a little apprehensive about this album, as I feel a couple of their most recent albums for an adult audience (as opposed to the kids albums they have recorded), have been a bit hit and miss.

However after owning this album for a few month, such fears have been allayed.

Of course there are some throwaway tracks that personally haven't grabbed my attention since I bought it (eg Black Ops), but the best tracks more than make up for this, (Tesla, Nanobots, Call You Mom, Circular Karate Chop).

The band have also interspersed the album with a number of tracks under 60 seconds long, which has been a common theme throughout their career.

Overall, a quite enjoyable album, and I'm looking forward to seeing them on their UK tour in November 2013.
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Being a latter-day TMBG fan is a frustrating experience. I know they are still capable of writing and releasing great songs, but the last decade has been so full of lacklustre-to-inconsistent albums it makes me almost dread forthcoming records. Some of their better work in this period has appeared in podcasts and on their children's albums, or on contemporaneous albums like 'Cast Your Pod to the Wind' where they could really break loose and raise their freak flag. So it was with fairly low expectations that I listened to 'Nanobots'.

It feels like around the time of 'Mink Car', when they were also working on 'No!', the guys' foray into kid's music forced them to make a considered distinction between the songs they considered childish or to be a 'novelty' and the more serious songs they would feature on albums. This heralded a new age of uninspired, uninteresting albums that lacked the imagination, instrumentation, weird arrangements and subject matter of their best, early work. 'Nanobots' isn't exactly a return to these days, but it does shake off some of the song writing and production chains of recent albums.

Highlights include the super- catchy rocker 'You're On Fire,' which features an awesome harmonica break towards the end; the satisfyingly creepy surf-rock pastiche 'Call You Mom,' the electro-hip-hop of 'The Darlings of Lumberland,' which is quite unlike anything else in the TMBG canon; and the jagged power-pop of 'Circular Karate Chop,' which could almost fit with their earlier material, sounding something like a cross between 'Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head' and 'Twisting'. Some people have picked up on the slew of short songs, likening the vibe to 'Fingertips' from 'Apollo 18'.
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Yes I may be biased (my name is in the artwork as a Super President) but what a fantastic album. Most bands start to get boring as they age but TMBG just keep giving. Some really original tunes here. Highlights for me include 'Call You Mom', 'You're on Fire' and 'Icky'.
Some great short tunes as well (think 'Fingertips') but as previous reviewer says sometimes it only takes a short time to get the message accross - in this case about 12 seconds to create an Earworm!!
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