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They Might Be Giants - Nanobots

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Nanobots by They Might Be Giants
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9/10 according to on Wed 06 Mar, 2013

Here’s a treat in the middle of our otherwise somewhat dreary review parade this week - a brand new album from indiepop legends They Might Be Giants! Yes indeed, the Johns are back and this time round they’ve got loads of friends helping them out for what definitely ranks among their most slick and radio-ready collections to date, thanks in no small part to the involvement of super producer and regular collaborator Patrick Dillett, no doubt.

They’re working in full five-piece band mode, and then on top of that there are a multitude of friends joining in on piano, mandolin, vibraphone and woodwind in compositions as lush and sweeping as they’ve ever offered. It’s almost like they’ve been joined by the Afghan Whigs or something in places. Thankfully their throwaway hangdog charm remains as strong as ever, with their naive, matter-of-fact vocals and blackly humorous lyrics still taking the fore as they stomp their way gleefully through a mammoth 25 songs with as many infectious hooks and smart turns of phrase as an entire year’s worth of Guided By Voices records.

Those who long for the days when TMBG were a shambling, hyperproductive duo of whimsical lo-fi pop scientists may be dismayed by just how huge and radio-ready this collection sounds, but I love their full band stuff and think this is their most gleefully addictive album in ages. Sure, there’s the odd plodding misstep and it’s no ‘Flood’ but it is still a lively, playful and accomplished collection which makes it very clear they’re still much more than a nostalgia act with some real gems such as the title track and the mesmerisingly unhinged 'The Darlings Of Lumberland'. Rivers Cuomo should have a listen and take some notes. Shame there doesn’t seem to be a vinyl edition.

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‘The quirky alt.pop duo are currently enjoying a hipster-led popularity resurgence’ – Time Out‘They Might Be Giants helped write the manual for American geek-rock’ – Q ‘The geek-rock likes of Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie owe a debt to this multimillion-selling Brooklyn duo, purveyors or smark-alecky pop tunes.’ – The Times ‘New York duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell have been making irreverent ironic alt-rock for nearly three decades, spawning imitators like Weezer and Ben Folds Five… it’s clear they have lost none of their playful individuality.’ – Daily Telegraph

They Might Be Giants have perfected their deliriously catchy, original sound over the past three decades. The two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals return with charming wit, electrifying pop melodies and just enough bass clarinet on their 16th studio album "Nanobots". Created at the private studio of their long time collaborator and producer Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara), Nanobots will be released 11th March 2013 on Lojinx.
Nanobots finds the band in fine form. Blending the band’s signature storytelling, some dueling horns and sly humor, "Call You Mom" is a caffeinated pop gem. Title track "Nanobots" puts a dark cartoonish spin on the world of technology while the call and response chorus and percussive guitar line of "You’re On Fire" dares even the grumpiest wallflower not to dance.
They Might Be Giants’ innovative Dial-A-Song service and imaginative high concept, low budget music videos stood the band apart early in their career quickly rocketing thealternative rockers to mainstream success. Known for recording numerous themes most notably The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the GRAMMY-winning Malcolm In the Middle theme, the band has 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums, and have been nominated for 3 GRAMMYs, winning two.

Tracklisting:

1.

You're On Fire

2.

Nanobots

3.

Black Ops

4.

Lost My Mind

5.

Circular Karate Chop

6.

Call You Mom

7.

Tesla

8.

Sleep

9.

Stone Cold Coup d'Etat

10.

Sometimes a Lonely Way

11.

Destroy The Past

12.

9 Secret Steps

13.

Hive Mind

14.

Decision Makers

15.

Nouns

16.

There

17.

Insect Hospital

18.

Tick

19.

Replacement

20.

The Darlings of Lumberland

21.

Great

22.

Stuff is Way

23.

Icky

24.

Too Tall Girl

25.

Didn't Kill Me

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