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They Might Be Giants, in order of genius

Raymond Caruso
 
Lincoln
Lincoln
"The ultimate experience. Pounding, maddening rhythms; terrifying/delightful lyrics; Absurd, heartbreaking, singable, subversive. It's all here. This artistic-cultural triumph is a gift to the future."
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants
"Creative, Unique, Irrepressible -- The Pink Album delivers in ways which will astound listeners for centuries to come. A frentic celebration of intellectual freedom, delerium and melody."
State Songs
State Songs
"Linnell finally goes solo, and brings his craft back to the majesty of yore. The layers of mind-games run thicker than a CIA hall of mirrors. The propulsive songs, sounds and emotions are undeniable."
John Henry
John Henry
"Different from all other TMBG albums, and utterly unique in rock history. Darker, brooding, kinda depressing, but brilliant. Amazing combo of horns & mid-90's alternative-rock, among other surprises!"
Miscellaneous T
Miscellaneous T
"Not a proper album, but a B-Side compilation. However, the individual tracks are among the Giants' best and bravest. Akin to the most exciting tracks from Lincoln and the Pink Album. Sheer delight!"
Then: Earlier Years
Then: Earlier Years
"Lincoln+PinkAlbum+MiscT in one fell swoop! This is really #1 on my list if you're ready for 72 tracks of genius. Indispensable for the 19 brilliant demo tracks, unavailable elsewhere. Own it. Love it."
Flood
Flood
"The best-selling juggernaut. Slick popcraft 'n smooth production mixed w/1st rate TMBG is Their most accessible, but softens the blow too much. Flood is home to Their radio hits, but don't stop there!"
Apollo 18
Apollo 18
"A weirder version of Flood, but a little less focused. However, it stands as another hallmark of breakthrough creativity for the Giants. Somewhat darker than any but John Henry, almost creepy. Submit."
Its Fun to Steal
Its Fun to Steal
"Flansburgh's second solo effort incorporates techno elements, and a tight, professional composure. Childhood, morality, lonliness, fantasy. Essential listening. A sad, but sweet, hopeful tale."
They Got Lost
They Got Lost
"A rarities compilation, full of great stuff. Hearkens back to the original producation values, which come off well. A latter-day Misc-T. Abstract riddles and clever (as always) wordplay abound."
Factory Showroom
Factory Showroom
"A few missteps, but all told, a solid effort. A very warm, clean production sound throughout, but not quite as inspired as it could be. However, this may be the most heartfelt, tender effort so far."
No!
No!
"Another bold innovation in the Giants' catalogue. Short playing time and narrow content focus dampen the project, though. But it's not to be ignored. If children listen to this, they will prosper."
Mink Car
Mink Car
"A hit-or-miss affair, but with mostly hits, and some excellent ones at that. Production values are reminiscent of Flood, but too many of the songs are disappointments. Where good, it's amazing."
Upsupervised
Upsupervised
"Flansburgh's first solo effort is too short, and also uneven. But the successes are well worth the price of admission, and hint of better to come from Puff. Mono Puff is the Wings to TMBG's Beatles."
Snail Shell
Snail Shell
"Although only a 5 track EP, it's the only place to get three wonderful songs: Ondine, Mrs. Train, and the immortal She Was A Hotel Detective (not from the Pink Album). Don't pass this up! It's gold."
Why Does the Sun Shine?
Why Does the Sun Shine?
"Another EP, again, the only place to get three great TMBG tracks. Even though they're all covers, it's still worth it -- Esp. for the title track (the live version just doesn't hold up.) Light, Fun."
Sexxy
Sexxy
"Another EP, again essential for 3 tracks: Sensurround, We've Got A World That  Swings, and the devastatingly sad Unforgotten. All of these songs are soft and sweetly desparate. A different TMBG."
Severe Tire Damage
Severe Tire Damage
"Though TMBG is an incredible live act, these live recordings come off only as weak imitations of the studio standards. However, it's the only place to get the good version of First Kiss and Conquest!"
Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants
Dial-A-Song: 20 Years Of They Might Be Giants
"The only reason to get this is for Dr. Evil (or Dr. Worm if you don't have severe tire damage). Otherwise, this best-of album will deter you from collecting the actual albums (and you need those!)"