Get it? Because I'm reviewing the album No!
? It's a pun, see? Oh, you're no fun anymore!
Anyway, They Might Be Giants
' first children's album came out less than a year after Mink Car
, but it was actually a project they'd been working on for some time before that. I think they had trouble finding a record label willing to release it. I think they ended up with a quality product, though. It's short, but in terms of song quality, it's easily on par with the "adult" albums they were releasing around the same time.( Collapse )
One thing I appreciate with this album is that, while it's geared toward kids, it's still something older TMBG fans can enjoy, which isn't as much the case with their later children's records. I've seen interviews with the Johns where they said No!
wasn't as good as the later kids' albums because it wasn't aimed at any specific age group, but one of the things I've always LIKED about TMBG is that their music never seems to be intended for anyone in particular. I get the impression that the Johns' attitude is more, "Here's some music we want to make, and if you like it too, that's awesome!" Granted, writing songs for a specific age group is different than writing them for a particular record executive or subculture, but still. If the later records have sold better, I have to wonder whether that was due to anything the Johns did, or more to the fact that they're Disney products, and hence have the Mouse's mega-marketing machine behind them.
There are still a few TMBG albums left, but they all came out since I got this LJ account, so I've already reviewed them. In case you missed them the first time, here are the relevant posts:The SpineVenue SongsHere Come the ABCs
The ElseHere Come the 123s
I'm inclined not to review these again, but I would be interested in knowing what you think, so why not participate in the democratic process?
Would you like to see new reviews of the more recent TMBG albums?
Yes! I want more recent opinions, consarn it!
No, you've already done them, so why bother?
Only mention cases where your opinion has changed.
What should I move on to next?
Side/solo projects by the Johns
EPs and miscellaneous stuff
Move on to another band already!
Quit doing these reviews! I'm sick of them!
When I'm done with TMBG, what band/artist should I start reviewing?
Young Fresh Fellows
Other (identify in comments)
Which of these do you consider to be official TMBG albums?
Severe Tire Damage
Long Tall Weekend
TMBG vs. McSweeney's
Here Come the ABCs
Here Come the 123s
Matt's Life Savings
Jesus, Hitler, and Me