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John Henry
They Might Be Giants
John Henry
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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They Might Be Giants expands to a sextet on its fifth album, John Henry. Even with the addition of bass, drums, sax, and trumpet, the focus is still on the goofy vocals, silly lyrical puns, and accordion-driven hooks of ...  more »

      
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All Artists: They Might Be Giants
Title: John Henry
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/13/1994
Release Date: 9/13/1994
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075596165426

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They Might Be Giants expands to a sextet on its fifth album, John Henry. Even with the addition of bass, drums, sax, and trumpet, the focus is still on the goofy vocals, silly lyrical puns, and accordion-driven hooks of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, and that is not a good thing. These 20 songs include a tune that quotes Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," love songs to a dirt bike and a copy shop clerk, and a song that takes its lyrics from Alice Cooper song titles. If that sounds like your idea of clever, enjoy. --Jim DeRogatis

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Get over it...this one's great
J. Adam | Oregon | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Apparently, some people have a problem with this album. That makes about as much sence to me as if there were actually people who prefer the quality of the BEATLES' "LOVE ME DO" to any song they produced later.

The quality of this album is great, you can actually listen to it. Look, if you wake up every morning and put in your FLOOD album and listen to annoying tracks like "HEARING AID" and "MINIMUM WAGE" then you may want to skip this one, because those irritating TMBG snippits don't exist on this album. I'm pretty sure that They Might Be Giants debut album led to the invention of the skip button on a CD player. Dont get excited, I love the album too, but you can't tell me that you love every song on their previous albums. There's just no way you can listen to every song on one of their previous albums without going berzerk. As much as I love them, FLOOD, APPOLLO 18 and all the rest have about 5 songs on them that I actually want to listen to on a given day...not that there's not a love for the others.

My point is, you can listen to "JOHN HENRY" (this album) from start to finish...over and over and never be disappointed. From the beginning 2 tracks, SnailShell and Subliminal, you will be grinning from ear to ear. Listen to the thing all the way through and when you get to great songs like "Thermostat" and "Self Called Nowhere" you'll be more excited than Christian Slater during happy hour.

I bought this album when it was brand new...in like '94 or something. I'm in my upper 20's now and still love it. Put aside all your hesitations, because you won't be singing 'why must I be sad?' after buying this release. Drop your 'too cool' for school attitude about there not being 50 of those fourty second irritating songs on this album,you can pop this in, go on a road movie to Berlin and not have to worry about taking a hand off the steering wheel to skip every other song.

trust me. This contains some of the best songs they ever did. If you prefer "Put your hand inside the Puppet head" to this, throw down your ATARI controller for 2 seconds, change your dirty parachute pants and crawl out of the '80s for a while. Drum machines are for retards and poor people. See you at the end of the tour."