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Nanobots

Nanobots

March 5, 2013
4.5 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Label: Idlewild Recordings
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Idlewild Recordings
  • Total Length: 44:53
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  • ASIN: B00BJW8HUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,279 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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.
Ever.
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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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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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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Very enjoyable. The only reason I'm giving it four stars instead of five is that it felt a little too much like a return to older albums -- I got a strong "Flood meets Apollo 18" feel from the album, rather than the trailblazing stuff that I'm used to. But make no mistake, it's all very good.
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I love this album. My last.fm 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 fantastic. For me, 9 Secret Steps is in the all-time Top 5 for TMBG tracks. Great melody and deep lyrics. I think this is their most varied album to-date.
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I have been a die-hard fan of TMBG since "Flood" was released 1990. The band has evolved considerably since then and overall they've held up, although with less geeky surrealism. With "Nanobots," they are breaking new ground entirely and there are only dim echos of "Lincoln" and "Flood" by this time.

My own perception is strongly colored by expectations, so I found the album to be disappointing. I found other recent works like "Follow Us," and "The Else" more accessible. If you are a solid TMBG fan, it's worth a listen. If you are a newcomer, this might be the best thing you've ever heard. Or you'll hate it. In any case, it's hard to feel neutral about it.
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Although all TMBG albums have the band's unique style, I've found that they tend to release 3 types of albums: more 'commercial' ones, ones for kids, and more artistic ones where they absolutely REVEL in their strangeness. The third type is definitely my favorite, and Nanobots is a strong entry in this category.

As in all albums, a couple of the tracks are 'misses', but overall it reminds me a lot of their album 'Apollo 18', in a very good way. A must have for TMBG fans. If you're new to the band, I'd start with 'Apollo 18' first, and then move on to here.

Great album!
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