John Henry

They Might Be Giants

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John Henry Review

by Rick Anderson

Just in case you thought that the only thing they were capable of was smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes, on John Henry John Flansburgh and John Linnell put together an honest-to-goodness rock band and show that they know how to use it. And the result is one of the more satisfying They Might Be Giants projects, a crunchy yet sweet assortment of the usual bemusement ("Unrelated Thing"), weirdness ("Spy"), and smart-aleck herky-jerk novelty tunes ("Meet James Ensor," "Extra Savoir Faire") bolstered by unusually hard-rocking accompaniment. Kudos to bass player (and Pere Ubu alumnus) Tony Maimone and to drummer Brian Doherty for coming up with the tectonic groove that powers "AKA Driver" and to everyone involved for the irresistible guitar pop of "Subliminal" and "I Should Be Allowed to Think."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 They Might Be Giants 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
2 They Might Be Giants 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
3 They Might Be Giants 04:30 SpotifyAmazon
4 They Might Be Giants 02:30 Amazon
5 They Might Be Giants 03:14 SpotifyAmazon
6 They Might Be Giants 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
7 They Might Be Giants 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
8 They Might Be Giants 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
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Spy
They Might Be Giants 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
10 They Might Be Giants 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
11 They Might Be Giants 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
12 They Might Be Giants 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
13 They Might Be Giants 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
14 They Might Be Giants 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
15 They Might Be Giants 01:33 SpotifyAmazon
16 They Might Be Giants 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
17 They Might Be Giants 01:00 SpotifyAmazon
18 They Might Be Giants 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
19 They Might Be Giants 01:55 SpotifyAmazon
20 They Might Be Giants 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
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