They Might Be Giants Mink Car


| September 28, 2001

They Might Be Giants: Mink Car, James Norton, Flak Magazine
In the mid-'80s, a geeky pair of Brooklyn Johns (Linnell and Flansburgh) burst onto the fledgling indie rock scene and established themselves as the kings of quirkiness. The music of They Might Be Giants was an idiosyncratic mix of melodic fragments and stuttering machine rhythms, peppered with lyrical witticisms of ironic philosophy. Oh yeah, their songs had a definite sense of humor. James Norton, writing for Flak Magazine, takes a look at the duo's new release, Mink Car, and finds it both satisfying and lacking at the same time. Mink Car is a 'can't miss' for fans because 'everything's listenable, and a number of tracks are standouts,' Norton writes, but he notes that the disc 'lacks something critical: a unified direction.'
--Al Paulson
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