• Record Label: Restless
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2001
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Yes, Mink Car is crap. All the charms They Might Be Giants once seemed to possess have dissipated into a cloud of embarrassing awkwardness.
  2. The majority of the new songs are keepers.
  3. They Might Be Giants are just a stitch more serious about being silly, and that extra earnestness makes all the difference.
  4. Mink Car will please just about all but the most picky of They Might Be Giants fans. Diverse, off-beat, strange, fun, and decidedly wonderful, it proves that TMBG haven't really lost anything over the years...
  5. It's all funny, but also wise in a way.
  6. They haven't lost any of their quirky cool mojo. [Nov 2001, p.97]
  7. Mink Car is all over the map, an ideal piece of entertainment for listeners simultaneously blessed and cursed with high IQs and attention deficit disorder.
  8. 40
    Almost a total wreck -- even decent melodies are hard to come by. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.130]
  9. Mink Car is all been-there-done-that. [#11]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. May 13, 2015
    2
    Mink Car isn't funny, clever or amusing in any way. It's filled with failed experiments and abysmal gimmick songs. I'll start off with theMink Car isn't funny, clever or amusing in any way. It's filled with failed experiments and abysmal gimmick songs. I'll start off with the "good" since there isn't really any of it. The opener Bangs is probably the best thing on this album - not nearly as grating as some of the following songs. Drink! and the title track are also pretty inoffensive and forgettable. That's all I've got, none of those three really qualify as "good", though they're masterpieces compared to the hell-sends known as Mr. Xcitement and Wicked Little Critta - prime examples of the abysmal failed experiments I brought up earlier. Also his voice is dreadful. Shrill, irritating and especially unbearable on songs like Working Undercover For The Man. I've Got A Fang is the lowest of the low, another complete and utter failure that's awful in almost every single way and is guaranteed to evoke suicidal thinking. Idiotic, inept, unfunny and painful to sit through - a thoroughly unbearable album aside from Bangs and a few others scattered throughout that are solely listenable because they're bland and unmemorable. Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2013
    5
    It's good, but there are many flaws in the album. The start of the album has some incredible songs, 'Bangs' and 'Another First Kiss' being myIt's good, but there are many flaws in the album. The start of the album has some incredible songs, 'Bangs' and 'Another First Kiss' being my favourites, but there's just this sense of the whole album being underwhelming. Only really for hardcore fans I'd suggest. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2013
    7
    I really enjoy this album. Alot of TMBG fans dont, as there isnt alot of expirementing, and the 2 Johns really played it safe and didntI really enjoy this album. Alot of TMBG fans dont, as there isnt alot of expirementing, and the 2 Johns really played it safe and didnt neccessarily take any innovations. However, I find these, simple, and straightfoward songs to be some of TMBG best. Not the album as a whole, but the songs within the album are simple, catchy, and overall good songs, which to me is what matters. I dont know, but hearing some of TMBG's really expiremental stuff is very hit and miss, and an album like this doesnt neccessarily blow me away, but it doesnt make me feel like im out of the loop and not getting the music. I get this album, and thats why i enjoy it. Good songs make a good album, not a stand out album, but a good album none the less. Full Review »