No!

No!

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by They Might Be Giants
     
 

Never fear -- the Giants are here! Long a renowned act in the alt-rock world, They Might Be Giants have applied their familiar wacky lyrics and whimsical tunes to their first kids' album. The Brooklyn-based rockers have already tested their mettle with songs for the younger set, contributing the irresistible theme "Boss of Me" toSee more details below

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Never fear -- the Giants are here! Long a renowned act in the alt-rock world, They Might Be Giants have applied their familiar wacky lyrics and whimsical tunes to their first kids' album. The Brooklyn-based rockers have already tested their mettle with songs for the younger set, contributing the irresistible theme "Boss of Me" to the hit TV series Malcolm in the Middle and winning a Grammy for their efforts. Their recipe is equally successful on the playful No! Visit "Fibber Island," where "We strum rubber guitars/Our friends live on Mars/And we sew buttons on cars." Or jump into the "Robot Parade," where androids obey their youthful masters. The title track will soon be an anthem for all toddlers, who will be "Finger pointing/Eyebrows low/Mouth in the shape of the letter O" -- both kids and their parents will find themselves singing along to this catchy little ditty. Another tune with cross-generational appeal is "Clap Your Hands," on which frontmen John Flansburgh and John Linnell encourage their audience to dance, with rousing lines like "Clap your hands/Stomp your feet/Jump in the air." And to keep little ones busy and entertained, these creative Giants have included an imagination-sparking enhanced program. Both PC and Mac compatible, it includes nifty features such as animated companions to the songs that offer a special "sing-along" bar with lyrics. No! delights the senses and celebrates the joy of imagination, the beauty of language, and the serious need to be silly.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
While They Might Be Giants' clever, playful melodies and lyrics make their music nearly ideal listening for kids anyway, their first children's album, No!, is one of their most dizzying and delightful in years. If Mink Car found They Might Be Giants reclaiming some of the sounds and ideas they pioneered on albums like Flood, then No! is both another step backward and forward, featuring some of their weirdest material since their left-of-center debut in 1986. Tweaked vocals, sound effects, and songwriting abound on "I Am a Grocery Bag," a stream-of-consciousness meditation that could double as the band's shopping list ("Juices, muffins, pasta, and cheese/Milk and biscuits and cocktail sauce/I am a grocery bag"); "I Am Not Your Broom," a declaration of independence from John Flansburgh's broom; and "Bed Bed Bed," an anti-lullaby that mixes stomping rock, dissonant jazz, ticking clocks, and mooing cows. At times, No! is so unusual that it recalls the work of famously weird children's artists Bruce Haack and Lucia Pamela, if they had access to modern recording equipment. Like both Haack and Pamela's best work, They Might Be Giants' music -- and No! in particular -- celebrates being different, an invaluable message for children of all ages. It's not just the album's crazy moments that make it a joy, though. "Four of Two" is another of John Linnell's charming love songs gone wrong; Flansburgh's "Lazyhead & Sleepybones" is a lullaby so adorable that it would be a shame to sleep through it. Perhaps the best thing about No! is that it never patronizes its audience -- songs like "Fibber Island," "Where Do They Make Balloons?," and, especially, the wonderfully circular "The House at the Top of the Tree" are just as good, if not better than, the material on They Might Be Giants' other albums. Ultimately, No! is one of the group's most creative albums in years, and undoubtedly one of 2002's best children's releases, because it says yes to fun and individuality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661811324
catalogNumber:
618113

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

They Might Be Giants   Primary Artist
John Flansburgh   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Hickey   Drums
Nicholas Hill   Vocals
Dan Levine   Trombone
John Linnell   Keyboards,Vocals
Garo Yellin   Cello
Danny Weinkauf   Bass,Vocals
Krystof Witek   Violin
Jim O'Connor   Trumpet
Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser   Vocals
Dan Miller   Guitar

Technical Credits

They Might Be Giants   Producer
Chris Bailey   Live Production
Albert Caiati   Engineer
Mike Kelly   Live Production
Jon Carter   Live Production
Stanley Wright   Engineer
Harrison Mitchell   Live Production

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