Spine CD (2004)

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Product Overview

With their unique blend of catchy melodies and inscrutable lyrics, They Might Be Giants have lived a twenty-year frenzy of creative output, selling over three million albums and winning a Grammy in the process. The Spine is TMBG's new release, and has been heralded as their most rocking album ever.

Specifications

Label Zoe Records (rounder)
SKU 61012337
UPC 601143104121
UPC 14 00601143104121
Format CD
Release Date 7/13/2004
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Author They Might Be Giants
Technical Info
Engineer Pat Dillett
Producer They Might Be Giants; Pat Dillett
CatalogID 431 041
Lable Name Idlewild Recordings
Released 07/13/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601143104121
Album Notes and Credits
They Might Be Giants: John Flansburgh, John Linnell.
Additional personnel: Dan Miller (guitar); Danny Wienkauf (bass instrument); Marty Beller (drums).
A new THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS release is somewhat akin to an issue of Mad Magazine with a bonus CD; wit, sarcasm, and satire abound, accompanied by all manner of sonic finery. Though Johns Flansburgh and Linnell are best known for the cartoonish, humor-filled aspect of their songs, there's often something deeper lurking below the surface. On THE SPINE, while there's as much quirky cleverness as on previous TMBG albums, there seems to be more of an emotional core to many of the tracks.
There's a palpable sense of disillusionment and dislocation at the heart of "Memo to Human Resources," brought home by a melancholy, Beatles-like structure. The post-New Wave power pop of "Broke in Two" strolls gingerly through the shards of a painful past. The protagonist of "I Can't Hide from My Mind" is engaged in the confusing process of finding his own center. Of course, there's plenty of jubilant absurdism in the grand Giants tradition, as well, but THE SPINE has more to offer those willing to listen closely for it.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 - "TMBG maintain their characteristic mix of playful absurdism and deeper melancholy in matured, two-minute marvels..."
Q (p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 - "It's packed with sweet, oft-piste songs..."
Uncut (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Lyrically, the territory they cover is still perversely eclectic..."
Magnet (p.108) - "The two Johns delight in offering a shiny surface replete with singalong hooks and crafty riffs, but their secret weapon has always been their depiction of common human fears and frailties."
CMJ (p.4) - "Hook-laden and rife with their patented clever lyrics, THE SPINE is classic They Might Be Giants: hard not to love, and will have everybody jumping."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he tunes are agreeable enough, as is their unhinged wit."
Disc 1
1 Experimental Film
2 Spine
3 Memo To Human Resources
4 Wearing A Raincoat
5 Prevenge
6 Thunderbird
7 Bastard Wants To Hit Me
8 World Before Later On, The
9 Museum Of Idiots
10 It's Kickin' In
11 Spines
12 Au Contraire
13 Damn Good Times
14 Broke In Two
15 Stalk Of Wheat
16 I Can't Hide From My Mind
Product Attributes
Artist They Might Be Giants
Label Zoe Records (rounder)
Music Format Compact Disc
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