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Posted October 1, 2010
In a few months, They Might Be Giants will release their tenth album entitled “The Spine”, but before they do, they will give us something to hold us over…barely. The aforementioned “thing” is the 5-track EP “Indestructible Object” (named after the Man Ray piece). The only reason this EP was given 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is only a tiny taste and not a full 20 course album. But that’s the negative; let’s focus on the positives… The first track on “Object” is “Am I Awake?” This is a spooky techno-esque piece describing the mind of someone having problems relating to the real world. It has aptly been used as the theme to TLC’s “Resident Life”. The unsettling lyrics mark a welcomed return to their non-child friendly, death-affirming content that their adults fans have come to love. The second track is a preview of their next album. “Memo to Human Resources” is voiced by a rambling, distracted and defeated person who knows the problem but has no way to find the solution. The “unreliable narrator” (a reoccurring character in They Might Be Giants’ music) says things out loud, but clearly to himself. Oddly enough, the image conjured by this song is that of Milton from the movie “Office Space”. While not the best TMBG song in their 20 year history, it has its moments. Next, we have another preview track: “Au Contraire.” This song first appeared on TMBG’s Dial-A-Song service a few years ago (and, actually, has the honor of being the last song on Dial-A-Song) and has been fleshed out nicely in their recent rock shows. This is its first appearance on record. Again, its surreal lyrics, which place Bach, Jodi Foster and Mahatma Gandhi in a poker game along with the accordion/guitar/drum machine components, return the listener to a time where you could only shake your head, smile and pretend you knew everything the band was talking about. Ah sweet elitism… Then we have two tracks created with the illustrious They Might Be Giants’ Other Thing Brass Band. First, a total reworking of the B-side “Ant” (from the 1990 “Istanbul (Not Constantinople) single). It features a “freak off” between Mr. John Linnell on the Kaoss pad and Mark “I Have An Inflated Ego Because I Play With the Conan O’Brien Band” Pender. Finally, a very vulnerable version of the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No”. The tuba never sounded so sincere. The absolute best aspect of this EP is the promise of the next album (arriving in late July/early August). Don’t misunderstand, this is a great EP, well worth the eight or so dollars, but the main purpose of this disc (aside from showing off the talent of the Other Thing band) is to let us know that a few years of working with kids and kids music (the album “No!” and bedtime book “Bed, Bed, Bed”) has not softened the rock; They Might Be Giants are still here and posed to rock our metaphorical socks off.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.