They Might Be Giants

Don't call it a comeback; they've been here for years. No, really: Even if they've spent most of this century making kids records, writing (occasionally Grammy-winning) TV theme songs and being the subject of entertaining documentaries, They Might Be Giants haven't forgotten their first love: the kooky pop-rock with which they once captured a nation of mild-mannered high school misfits who still can't imagine Istanbul without Constantinople. They prove it on The Spine, their eighth rock album, which pairs ideas about idiot museums and experimental films with catchy melodies, a brass flourish or two and, of course, singing more nasal than you imagined possible. Dallas native Corn Mo opens.
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Mikael Wood