Geroni Listening

April 7, 2009

They Might Be Giants-Flood

Filed under: Albums — Teddy @ 3:07 pm

Alternative, Indie Rock



Why is the world in love again? Why are we marching hand in hand? Why are the ocean levels rising up? It’s a brand new record for 1990, They Might Be Giant’s brand new album FLOOD!

I may come off as pretentious as Pitchfork did for their review of “Kid A” and you know what? I could care less. Flood is a whirlwind of experimentation. The first track opens with an introduction behind horns and then straight into a TMBG classic, “Birdhouse In Your Soul”, a song that I can only describe as a “masterpiece”. Birdhouse is a spectrum of sound ranging with the horns in the bridge to the constant organ vibrating in the background. But the lyrics are oh so painfully clever. The story is told from the perspective of a nightlight. It tells it’s tale with in a descriptive narration which includes references to its “primitive ancestry” that tells of Jason and the Argonauts. After Birdhouse a first time listener might notice the stand-out tracks like “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a cover of a 1940s song. Though, mention Istanbul today and you’ll automatically hear the association with TMBG. “Particle Man” remains a favorite as it was featured on an episode of “Tiny Toons” way back in the early 90s. “Twisting” is a 60s style dance song, incorporating good use of the organ and guitar. After this first listen these particular songs stick in the listener’s mind, it’s at this point the person might blow Flood off as mediocre. I did, so did Frank Black, and countless others. Yet at some point we all went back and listened to it again and we now love it. Every song has a special feeling to it, and they all differ from one another in a Sgt. Peppers sort of way. Needless to say Flood is one of the 90’s greatest if not one of the best records of all time. Give it a try and then give it another.


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