The Else - They Might Be Giants
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  • Summary: They Might Be Giants with co-producers The Dust Brothers come with their latest rock album after a children's album for Disney in 2005.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. A well-rounded and passable product, both old fans and newcomers to They Might Be Giants will like this release.
  2. They Might Be Giants' 12th full-length record is arguably their best since 1994's "John Henry."
  3. The wit is furiously sharp, almost dizzying, the hooks memorable, [and] the flow exquisite. [Summer 2007, p.85]
  4. 76
    The Else finds the band still firmly grounded in their tongue-and-cheek eclecticism, combining humorous tracks about shadow governments invading public libraries, a “cap’m” that doesn’t actually drive a boat, and numerous off-center topics into a mish-mash of musical absurdity.
  5. The second half of The Else is so good that it's a little frustrating that the entire album isn't this solid. Still, there are more than enough good moments to keep longtime fans happy.
  6. The Else is good, surprisingly and simply so. It’s also frustratingly focused.
  7. Most of these songs are only pleasant for thirty seconds or so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. MattD.
    Jul 10, 2007
    A perfect 10! The power pop songs and the more psychedelic 60s-influenced songs are both brilliant.
  2. ScottJ
    Jul 20, 2007
    Anyone who thought this was bad must not know TMBG at all! They want to listen to their other punk-rock-what-have-you-bands. TMBG is the most unique and inventive bands out there. Completely different. Anyway, this is one of there best albums yet! Expand
  3. funkmasterPaulpalmer
    Jul 26, 2007
    haven't even heard this album yet. hmm i wonder what it will sound like.
  4. Scott
    Jul 11, 2007
    Their most cohesive and best album since Factory Showroom.
  5. RyanR
    Jul 17, 2007
    For a TMBG album, it's pretty good - not quite as polished and high quality from top to bottom like "John Henry", and nothing's quite as catchy as "Flood" or "Apollo 18", or individual tracks from "Mink Car" or "The Spine", but it's more consistently listenable than either of the latter two. Expand
  6. Afton
    Jul 15, 2007
    A solid but uninspired follow-up to 2004's "The Spine." There are a few gems, especially on the second half and especially "Mesopotamians," and the Johns haven't lost their flair for songwriting, but there's really nothing new or particularly kooky here. The bonus CD of podcast-released material is what makes buying this album really worthwhile. Expand
  7. JoshT
    Jul 17, 2007
    Half these songs are just Ridiculous....Horrible lyrics and just plain boring at times. No great beats or riffs at all. I was hoping for so much more. I got rid of cd as soon as I finished listening to it Expand

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