They Might Be Giants

S-E-X-X-Y [#2]

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The disco strings and slap bass hits of "S-E-X-X-Y" make the song an unexpected stylistic shift for They Might Be Giants. It's a thematic shift, too -- it's the first song by the band that's unabashedly about sex. But while the song is interesting sonically, it doesn't make the par set by earlier singles. The hook recalls the 1994 single "Snail Shell," but the bass riff is just too abbreviated to call catchy. The surprise hit on the EP is "Sensurround," a streamlined alt-rock nugget that showcases the songwriting mastery of They Might Be Giants at their best. "Unforgotten" and "We've Got a World That Swings" are standard TMBG B-sides, highlighting interesting use of a hammond organ and a toy piano, respectively. The house remix of the title track carries on far too long and goes nowhere. Overall, S-E-X-X-Y is an average EP by TMBG standards, which is to say it's above average by broader standards for maxi-singles.

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