Nanobots (LP)


They Might Be Giants

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Amoeba Review

03/04/2013

Sixteen albums in and They Might Be Giants are as manic as ever. Nanobots is 25 songs, 45 minutes, with no filler, as the band trims its songs of any excess verses or space. This isn’t to say Nanobots is anemic; opener “You’re on Fire” is classic TMBG, a full-blooded pop song with ska guitars and misanthropic rejoinders (“you can’t park there!”). Ditto the title track and “Black Ops,” songs that eschew the zaniness TMBG are often known for in favor of low-key tunefulness and paranoia. As the band has in recent years made a few bucks with three children’s albums, they wrestle that Wigglesy sound into creepy songs like “Call You Mom,” which could probably fit on one of their children’s albums if not for its Oedipal overtones. Some songs on Nanobots could have been left on the cutting-room floor, lacking teeth to make an impression; others, like “Circular Karate Chop,” are welcome doses of said zaniness that, when judiciously included, are endearing as classic TMBG. Musically, Nanobots is as varied as ever, touching on funk, punk, surf rock and Tom Waits-style vaudeville. Longtime fans of the band will thrill to songs that cover Tesla, Mark Twain’s skull, insect hospitals, replicants and, my favorite, a “Too Tall Girl” on one delirious psych-pop track. TMBG show growing older doesn’t mean you have to let go of the misunderstood kid in you.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
You're On Fire
They Might Be Giants 02:41
2.
Nanobots
They Might Be Giants 02:45
3.
Black Ops
They Might Be Giants 03:11
4.
Lost My Mind
They Might Be Giants 02:50
5.
Circular Karate Chop
They Might Be Giants 02:56
6.
Call You Mom
They Might Be Giants 03:06
7.
Tesla
They Might Be Giants 02:04
8.
Sleep
They Might Be Giants 00:42
9.
Stone Cold Coup d'Etat
They Might Be Giants 02:57
10.
Sometimes A Lonely Way
They Might Be Giants 02:40
11.
Destroy The Past
They Might Be Giants 00:15
12.
9 Secret Steps
They Might Be Giants 01:56
13.
Hive Mind
They Might Be Giants 00:06
14.
Decision Makers
They Might Be Giants 00:15
15.
Nouns
They Might Be Giants 00:17
16.
There
They Might Be Giants 00:09
17.
Insect Hospital
They Might Be Giants 01:30
18.
Tick
They Might Be Giants 00:11
19.
Replicant
They Might Be Giants 02:55
20.
The Darlings Of Lumberland
They Might Be Giants 03:21
21.
Great
They Might Be Giants 00:52
22.
Stuff Is Way
They Might Be Giants 01:37
23.
Icky
They Might Be Giants 02:32
24.
Too Tall Girl
They Might Be Giants 02:34
25.
Didn't Kill Me
They Might Be Giants 00:31

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