They Might Be Giants album review

Kylie Odom, Staff Reporter

You may be familiar with “Istanbul not Constantinople” and even the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” theme song, but what do they have in common? They’re both from the band “They Might Be Giants”.

“They Might Be Giants,” or TMBG, is an alternative rock band formed in 1982 by John Flansburgh and John Linnell.

Their vast variety of music such as Alt rock, nerd rock, pop, Avant Garde and children’s music has kept them popular. Coupled with their experimental and profound music, they make for a unique band.

To start looking through their discography, I’ll begin with their most popular album: “They Might Be Giants.” Though it’s not their first album, it’s one every fan should know about.

The best songs in the entirety of the album are “Don’t Let’s Start” and “She’s an Angel.”

The song, “Don’t Let’s Start,” is about a man evaluating his love for a sex worker. The song has melancholic lines like “Don’t don’t don’t let’s start” and “And I don’t get around how you get around,” but it’s sung in such a bittersweet happy tone that just pulls your heartstrings.

On the other hand, “She’s An Angel” is an upbeat song about how someone is falling in love with an angel. The uncertainty of the lyrics plays into how the person is confused and bewildered, with lyrics like “Why did they send her over anyone else? How should I react?”.

Other great songs also include “Everything Right Is Wrong Again,” “Boat of Car” and “The Day.”

Overall, the band’s album “They Might Be Giants” is great but it certainly fell short of my high expectations when it comes to other albums by the band, placing it roughly a six out of 10, with one being the lowest and 10 being the highest.