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Some rock is, indeed, art,
This review is from: Apollo 18 (Audio CD)
They Might Be Giants have done a lot of great work, but this is still the CD I return to again and again. It is filled with wry lyrics set to catchy music, and the "high concept" (requiring use of your CD player's shuffle-play or random-play feature) easily provokes a big grin. At the end of the disc are some 20 assorted short tracks - almost splinters, really - designed to be mixed into the longer songs. Although I rarely actually *do* this, the idea is amusing in any case.
My favorite might be "My Evil Twin," containing a shopping list of the subversive twin's characteristics, climaxing with the unforgettable conclusion that "...he's even got a twin like me." Also memorable is "Turn Around," a jazzy stomp with its stirring chorus: "Turn around, turn around - there's a human skull on the ground." Two high-energy cuts, "The Statue Got Me High" and "See the Constellation," will have you dancing around the living room with their irresistibly revved-up guitars, and I could go on and on. Almost every track is a winner, and everyone will have individual favorites.
Some have complained that the dynamic duo of TMBG are too sly for their own good. Well, until we have a surfeit of such cleverness running around, let's just enjoy these sharp guys and their feverish imagination.