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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" to…  See more details below


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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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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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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No! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...and it was definitely worth the multiple postponements. Needless to say she and I have been TMBG fans for ages now, and she knows a good number of their songs by heart (she is 8), but the tunes on this album have already caught her, and she hummed ''No'' and ''Violin'' all the way to school this morning. ''Where Do They Make Balloons'' and ''The House At The Top Of The Tree'' are beyond charming. All in all, a wonderful, memorable album. Can't wait to take her to the next live show!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my 2 nephews - 2 and 4 years old - and they LOVE it!! The songs are stick-in-your-head catchy and the lyrics extremely clever! They especially like the tracks ''NO'' and ''Robot Parade.'' It's even good for long trips in the car as parents will like it, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My oldest kid (4) and I love it! He already has quite an imagination so ''Fibber Island¿ was an immediate favorite. I like the going to bed celebration ¿Bed, bed, bed¿ and the thoughtful ¿Where do they make balloons?¿. As we have long been fans of TMBG, I¿m sure this CD will stay a favorite. It will be fun to watch as the kids eventually figure out what these guys are singing about (example: Who was Thomas Edison?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most articulate review for this album would be a video of our almost two-year-old dancing and singing to it. He LOVES it. None of the other cds we put in elicit such a happy response. It is outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent CD for kids, and has enough musical charm to keep longtime fans of the Johns from losing it even if your daughter wants to hear it every day for two months straight (and I know whereof I speak). Her favorites are the Middle of the Street, No, Clap your Hands, and Four of Two. Where do they make Balloons wouldn't have sounded (totally) out of place on XTC's Oranges and Lemons (and that's a compliment). Very highly recommended. ------------------------------------------------------------------- -----
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD as soon as it came out, with the leap of faith that TMBG have great, creative music. We were NOT disappointed!! My daughter listens to it nearly daily, and that's pretty good for the attention span of a 16 month old. Her listening leads to dancing out of sheer joy, running in circles, and even attempts to sing along. (Since she is just starting to speak, this is pretty impressive.) My husband and I find ourselves singing snatches of songs in the car, at work, and doing housework, but we don't mind. Strange phrases have entered our language, such as declaring randomly that we, after all, are Not your broom. We love this CD. Our kid loves it. You will love it-- the energy and creativity are infectious!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely fantastic album! My husband and I love those crazy Giants, and now our 6-month old daughter does, too. What's great is that we can listen to this album for years to come. And for a special wacky treat, just pop the CD into your computer for some hilarious interactive family fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great disc that shortens long car trips by entertaining kids and grown kids alike! The infectious lyrics promote sing-a-longs and the melodies beg you to make up your own lyrical variations of these great songs. Warning! Do not purchase this disc if you are remotely scared of spontaneously blurting out the fun, catchy lyrics on street corners, grocery store checkout lines, or other places described in the songs. This disc is likely to add years to your life by making you laugh your cares away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD loaded with upbeat music. I find myself rocking out to it when the kids are not even in the car. I love that the words are meaningful and silly at the same time. My four kids and I just love it!!!! It also has three great slow songs so if you think your kids are going to fall asleep you can jump to the slow songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We listen to satellite radio and really enjoy the mix of new and classic music and the variety of slow and silly. They Might be Giants simply does not belong on the same station as Sesame Street, Laurie Berkner, etc. My five year old asked me if I changed the station and then asked me to turn it off until "that song" was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!! Good Stuff!!!!!
BKN More than 1 year ago
I own four of the They Might be Giants children's CD's and we love them. My son enjoys listening to them and sings them ocassionally. My husband and I enjoy playing the CD also and often have a song stuck in our head. It's fun to have a choice of music that is appropriate for children and still entertaining for adults.
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