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They Might Be Giants: Join Us

Posted on the 24 June 2011 by Hctf @hctf
They Might Be Giantsphoto: Shervin Lainez

A cheesy organ, nasal lead vocals. Nothing has changed for They Might Be Giants, The Brooklyn duo serve another helping of catchy tunes taht wil appeal to anyone with a sense of rhythm and a sense of humor. John Flansburgh and John Linnell have mastered the art of short slightly geeky pop songs. With their sound grounded in the Eighties they've found themselves to be fashionable again.

Most of the tracks on their new album Joins Us run under three minutes which gives them plenty of time to tell a short story with several layers. Leave it to TMBG to compare a girl with the Vietnamese war or discuss the final pages of a book in Spoiler Alert.

There are 18 songs on Join Us and although there are no fillers it will be challenge for listeners with a short attention span. Nowadays EPs are back in demand and they are well aware of that when they released a digital four advance tracks EP as a forerunner.

They Might Be Giants:
John Linnell: lead vocals, backup vocals, keyboards, bass clarinet
John Flansburgh: lead vocals, backup vocals, guitar, programming
Dan Miller: lead guitar
Danny Weinkauf: bass
Marty Beller: drums
Stan Harrison: saxophone on Cloisonné

They Might Be Giants: Join Us

Join Us is released on Idlewild/Rounder. Release date: July 19.

  1. Can't Keep Johnny Down
  2. You Probably Get That a Lot
  3. Old Pine Box
  4. Canajoharie
  5. Cloisonné
  6. Let Your Hair Hang Down
  7. Celebration
  8. In Fact
  9. When Will You Die
  10. Protagonist
  11. Judy is Your Viet Nam
  12. Never Knew Love
  13. The Lady and the Tiger
  14. Spoiler Alert
  15. Dog Walker
  16. 2082
  17. Three Might Be Duende
  18. You Don't Like Me

MP3: They Might Be Giants - Can't Keep Johnny Down


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