They Might Be Giants

(She Was A) Hotel Detective [EP]

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This singles-based EP is generally less engaging than its predecessor, Don't Let's Start. The title track is a fine song, a bouncy, faux-power-pop number with above-average lyrics, here presented in a remixed version. With one exception, though, the surrounding B-side material is much less inspired. "Mr. Klaw" is an odd, fragmentary number based on the guitar riff from the 1960s chestnut "Gloria"; it has spoken-then-sung nonsense lyrics about the title character. "The Biggest One" is an indifferent, cartoonish song with thudding synthesizer underpinnings. "For Science" is a short, potentially interesting number with television theme-song aspirations that receives an uncharacteristically sloppy performance. There's also an untitled track consisting of a puzzling telephone conversation about the band. The flip-side keeper here is a phenomenal song, though; "Kiss Me, Son of God" is a wonderful jingle-like ditty (accompanied solely by accordion) that has some of the most inspired lyrics this band has ever produced ("Now you're the only one here/Who can tell me if it's true/That you love me/And I love me"). Apparently Flansburgh and Linnell liked the song enough to re-release it on the album Lincoln.

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