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March 5, 2013

  Song Title
You're on Fire
Black Ops
Lost My Mind
Circular Karate Chop
Call You Mom
Stone Cold Coup d'Etat
Sometimes a Lonely Way
Destroy the Past
9 Secret Steps
Hive Mind
Decision Makers
Insect Hospital
The Darlings of Lumberland
Stuff is Way
Too Tall Girl
Didn't Kill Me

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  • Original Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Idlewild Recordings
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  • Total Length: 44:53
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,064 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of They Might Be Giants' "Nanobots" March 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
In recent years, I've had to face a couple of hard, awful truths.
Among them is the fact that The Simpsons will never be as funny as it used to be.
Why will The Simpsons never be as funny as it used to be?
For of a whole host of reasons: the show has different writers, they've been on the air for almost a quarter of a century and, the most hard and awful truth, I am no longer twelve years old.
Things will never be as good as they were.
The sooner you stop hoping and expecting them to be, the sooner your life will improve.

So, when They Might Be Giants announced a new album, yeah, I was excited, I've been a fan of theirs for over twenty years, why wouldn't I be excited?
Was I hoping for/expecting another Lincoln or Apollo 18 or John Henry?
Of course not.
Things will never be as good as they were...remember?
But Nanobots is the closest They Might Be Giants has come in decades.

First things first, the whole album is great. So great, in fact, that, if I were you, I would order it first, and then read this review so as to hype yourself up for what you're about to hear.
But that's just me.

Okay, here goes; the really amazing songs are as follows: "Nanobots" (poppy and sunny and about how billions upon billions of self-replicating, microscopic robots are going to rise up and overtake the world), "Call You Mom" (too good to describe, just listen to it), "Stone Cold Coup D'Etat" (a song about role reversal, murder and revolution...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really quite good! March 6, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
In the 2000's TMBG was kinda hit or miss, and I thought Mink Car and The Spine were a little uneven. But The Else was absolutely fantastic and ended that decade on a great note. I wasn't too happy with some of the stuff on Join Us, but everyone on Amazon seems to love it. There are some people who aren't liking this album either, but I have to say on the first listen, I was quite happy with it. The songs don't sound like the 2 guys who wrote them are out of ideas or dredging the bottom of the well; they sound like guys who know how to write these songs and couldn't stop writing them if they wanted to. I look forward to listening to this like the musical crack it is.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best in a long, long time. March 12, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
At this point, I had accepted the fact that TMBG were probably not going to put out another record that was consistent start-to-finish - John Henry was the last one that I felt really got there. I've loved all of their albums since then, but each one has had a few flaws. Join Us felt like the band had gotten a second wind of energy, despite a few bits that didn't really work. I would have taken 10 more albums like that.

Then came Nanobots. The energy is still here, but the songs are the best they've written in years. Also - it works as an ALBUM - you put it on and listen to it in one sitting. (The short songs in the middle initially confused me, but the more I listen the more sense they make in context). Flans has produced some of the most innovative songs in the band's history (Lumberland, Too Tall Girl, Black Ops) along with beautiful ballads like Sometimes A Lonely Way and Tesla. Linnell is as catchy as ever, with hooks upon hooks - including two brilliant songs (Great and Sleep) that clock in under a minute each.

This is the album you've been waiting for - put it on, play it all the way through, and repeat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Johns March On May 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD
One thing you can count on when TMBG release a new album is a total surprise. After 30 years creating music they have yet to run out of insatiable melodies and clever wordplay to coat their songs. Nanobots continues their winning streak by delivering one of their most engrossing and consistent set of songs in years. From the melodic pop of tracks like "You're on Fire" and the album's title track to the short but sweet snippets of "Destroy the Past" and "Decision Makers", it's bound to make you smile. Few artists can conjure this much fun in their music and it's a real treat to have these guys still going strong.

I'll keep my review as short as the album's subject matter: Buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanonerds and the Art House of Seduction June 4, 2013
By Mark J.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Laced with elaborate pop orchestrations and hilarious concept development, Nanobots recalls TMBG at a period in the 90's when the mere name "They Might Be Giants" would be invoked by hoary post-college crocodiles lurking in the shallows of campus watering holes for the lone purpose of seducing fecund Wilmabeast calves who strayed from the spud-spewing, cud-chewing herd. Titles like Apollo 18, Lincoln, John Henry, Factory Showroom and Miscellaneous certainly stirred the imaginations of mischievous matriculating tavern types, but the typical demographic of such only fostered despondency among the pretenders and hangers-on who attended to families, jobs, and serious health complications in the morning. During this period, this opaque-skinned author actually secured the attention of one young lady of discriminating tastes and eventually enticed her home to late night popcorn, art movies, and TMBG, only to find himself weeping and filming new friend with roommate as the hours wore on in the tiny townhouse apartment. Yet that is the ultimate denouement for the solitary seekers who stockpile the Nanonerd collection of TMBG. We simply will never fit anywhere, and TMBG understands.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album!
My husband is a huge fan, so I got this for his birthday. We listen to it a lot. I've heard many of their other songs (and I'm not always impressed), but these are my favorite! Read more
Published 11 days ago by K. Ledbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love They Might Be Giants
I love the Giants & anything they have put out is always good. My sons also like this one a lot.
Published 29 days ago by okcthunder
5.0 out of 5 stars As wonderful as Join Us
I love this album. My stats say I've listened to it 42 times as of this writing (yikes). I got tired of Black Ops and Didn't Kill Me pretty fast, but every other song is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Oliver
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good sing-along CD
I was expecting (hoping) something a little more in line with their previous work. This CD requires a little more brain work than I am in the mood for.
Published 3 months ago by Michelle T
5.0 out of 5 stars TMBG Strikes Again!
Each time they release music, it's not a rerun of what they have done in previous releases.
I heard a different version of "Black Ops" that has a fast punk beat to it,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
When you first hear music by They Might Be Giants, you listen because the lyrics are funny. But something more subtle grabs you after the laughs wear off. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Usually Dead
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, as per the usual.
This whole CD is engaging and smart and fun to listen to. Great composing, excellent lyrics, classic They Might Be Giants.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Decision makers deciding for me. Decision makers decide.
This 2013 release by They Might Be Giants is a very good album. It is of a piece with their other albums. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars another great disc
Another excellent disc by TMBG. Buy. Listen to it. Love it. They might be . . . Giants! I especially love the sciencey tunes and this disc has a song about Desk a!
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars They Might Be Awesome!
Nanobots is the newest album from nerd-rock veterans They Might Be Giants. For twenty-five years, TMBG have been on the music scene, becoming a house-hold name despite still being... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gregory J Clements
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