Mink Car

  • Record Label: Restless
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2001
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. GerwinK
    Jul 8, 2005
    4
    I dont belive this is acually from TMBG. How they once made quirky, entertaining songs, Mink Car only showcases a crappy attempt to sanity. If thats how you could even call it.
  2. jethro
    Jul 23, 2003
    4
    I really tried to give this album a chance. It seems that I'm disappointed with every new TMBG on the first listen, but it gets better with each subsequent spin. Mink Car got the disappointment part down right, it's the recovery that's lacking. This isn't an album, this is a B-sides collection. Some songs are lacking while others are too overproduced. (Those familiar I really tried to give this album a chance. It seems that I'm disappointed with every new TMBG on the first listen, but it gets better with each subsequent spin. Mink Car got the disappointment part down right, it's the recovery that's lacking. This isn't an album, this is a B-sides collection. Some songs are lacking while others are too overproduced. (Those familiar with the "rough cut" of I've Got a Fang will know what I am talking about.) At least there are some keepers. "Man, It's So Loud in Here" should be annoying, but it instead becomes the best alternative dance tune since Frank Black's cover of the Beach Boys' "Hang on to Your Ego". Working Undercover is Another highlight, but it's immediately disqualified due to its previous appearance on the E-music EP of the same name. All in all, the album is just boring, lacking, frustrating, or a combination of all three. For those claiming it's TMBGs best, listen to Licoln or Flood, then put this one back in, and you'll see just what's wrong with it. Collapse
  3. 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 my favourites, but there's just this sense of the whole album being underwhelming. Only really for hardcore fans I'd suggest.
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. 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...
  2. They Might Be Giants are just a stitch more serious about being silly, and that extra earnestness makes all the difference.
  3. Blender
    40
    Almost a total wreck -- even decent melodies are hard to come by. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.130]