Lincoln album review

Kylie Odom, Staff Reporter

While “They Might Be Giants,” or TMBG, first album of the same name did well by selling more than 100,000 records, their album Lincoln sold double that.

The album was at 89 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1989, and their single “Ang Ng” peaked at 11 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

New TMBG fans already know “Ang Ng,” but may not know some of their other less known songs on the album such as “Cage & Aquarium,” “Mr. Me,” “Pencil Rain,” “They’ll Need a Crane” and “Kiss Me, Son of God.”

This album is one of TMBG’s greatest albums, coming second to “Flood.”

It’s just fantastically great because the songs not only explore love, but politics. Songs like “Ang Ng” and “They’ll Need a Crane” venture into a deep, powerful love, while songs like “Purple Toupee” and “Kiss Me, Son of God” explore social and political satire.

“Ang Ng” is a whimsical love song, with lyrics like “And we still haven’t walked in the glow of each other’s majestic presence.” Meanwhile, the song “They’ll Need a Crane”’ is about tearing down and rebuilding a romantic relationship that’s broken.

“Kiss Me, Son of God” is an interesting song, as it takes the perspective of someone with a god complex, and rolls with it. Lyrics like “I look like Jesus, so they say” and “Now you’re the only one here who can tell me if it’s true, that you love me, and I love me” build to a disturbingly upbeat tone.

All in all, “Lincoln” is everything one would want in a “They Might Be Giants” album, earning an eight out of 10.