They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants' eponymous debut album is a wild fusion of new wave pop and arty post-punk experiments borrowed from the New York underground. It runs through a head-spinning 19 songs in just over 45 minutes, running the gamut from the performance-art schtick of "Chess Piece Face" and "Youth Culture Killed My Dog" to the pure pop of "Don't Let's Start" and "Everything Right Is Wrong Again." While there are a lot of geeky jokes and barely developed ideas scattered throughout the album, the sheer kaleidoscopic array of styles is intoxicating, and it helps the best songs -- the Costello-esque "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head," the sighing "Hide Away Folk Family," the stomping "(She Was A) Hotel Detective," and the gorgeous "She's an Angel" -- stand out in sharp relief.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
3 1:27 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
6 1:36 SpotifyAmazon
7 0:25 SpotifyAmazon
8 1:31 SpotifyAmazon
9 1:58 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:10 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
13 1:15 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
15 1:21 SpotifyAmazon
16 1:58 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
18 1:27 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
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