(2010) No!

They Might Be Giants

... read moreWhile They Might Be Giants' clever, playful melodies and lyrics make their music nearly ideal listening for kids anyway, their first children's album, No!, is one of their most dizzying and delightful in years. If Mink Car found They Might Be Giants reclaiming some of the sounds and ideas they...

51′:39″ 24 Songs

1
Fibber Island
They Might Be Giants
2:11
2
Four Of Two
They Might Be Giants
2:18
3
Robot Parade
They Might Be Giants
1:22
4
No!
They Might Be Giants
1:30
5
Where Do They Make Balloons?
They Might Be Giants
2:42
6
In The Middle, In The Middle, In The Middle
They Might Be Giants
1:15
7
Violin
They Might Be Giants
2:27
8
John Lee Supertaster
They Might Be Giants
2:00
9
The Edison Museum
They Might Be Giants
2:03
10
The House At The Top Of The Tree
They Might Be Giants
2:31
11
Clap Your Hands
They Might Be Giants
1:23
12
I Am Not Your Broom
They Might Be Giants
1:04
13
Wake Up Call
They Might Be Giants
1:11
14
I Am A Grocery Bag
They Might Be Giants
0:34
15
Lazyhead And Sleepybones
They Might Be Giants
3:29
16
Bed Bed Bed
They Might Be Giants
3:12
17
Sleepwalkers
They Might Be Giants
2:43
18
Alphabet Of Nations (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
2:20
19
John Lee Supertaster (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
3:09
20
Violin (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
2:55
21
Clap Your Hands (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
1:59
22
Robot Parade (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
2:53
23
Dr. Worm (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
2:58
24
Stalk Of Wheat (Bonus Live Version)
They Might Be Giants
1:30
Released 18 June 2010, 2012 Idlewild Recordings

Review

While They Might Be Giants' clever, playful melodies and lyrics make their music nearly ideal listening for kids anyway, their first children's album, No!, is one of their most dizzying and delightful in years. If Mink Car found They Might Be Giants reclaiming some of the sounds and ideas they pioneered on albums like Flood, then No! is both another step backward and forward, featuring some of their weirdest material since their left-of-center debut in 1986. Tweaked vocals, sound effects, and songwriting abound on "I Am a Grocery Bag," a stream-of-consciousness meditation that could double as the band's shopping list ("Juices, muffins, pasta, and cheese/Milk and biscuits and cocktail sauce/I am a grocery bag"); "I Am Not Your Broom," a declaration of independence from John Flansburgh's broom; and "Bed Bed Bed," an anti-lullaby that mixes stomping rock, dissonant jazz, ticking clocks, and mooing cows. At times, No! is so unusual that it recalls the work of famously weird children's artists Bruce Haack and Lucia Pamela, if they had access to modern recording equipment. Like both Haack and Pamela's best work, They Might Be Giants' music -- and No! in particular -- celebrates being different, an invaluable message for children of all ages. It's not just the album's crazy moments that make it a joy, though. "Four of Two" is another of John Linnell's charming love songs gone wrong; Flansburgh's "Lazyhead & Sleepybones" is a lullaby so adorable that it would be a shame to sleep through it. Perhaps the best thing about No! is that it never patronizes its audience -- songs like "Fibber Island," "Where Do They Make Balloons?," and, especially, the wonderfully circular "The House at the Top of the Tree" are just as good, if not better than, the material on They Might Be Giants' other albums. Ultimately, No! is one of the group's most creative albums in years, and undoubtedly one of 2002's best children's releases, because it says yes to fun and individuality. ~ Heather Phares