Dial-a-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants

There are two kinds of TMBG fans: those who are obsessive and those who used to be.

There are two kinds of TMBG fans: those who are obsessive and those who used to be. But for the few casual fans and those that may have lost touch with Brooklyn, N.Y.'s finest, this two-disc anthology perfectly surveys the group's 11 albums and various other releases. Named for their free dial-a-song service (718-387-6962), all of the Giants' idiosyncratic eras are here, thankfully not chronologically arranged. Like their live shows, these 52 tracks reflect excellence in exploration of musical styles: 1986's "Cowtown" and 2002's kid-friendly "No!" fit together as easily as the marching dirge "Older," historical lesson "James K. Polk," and dancefloor beats of "Man, It's So Loud in Here." With only two previously unreleased cuts—live versions of "She's Actual Size" and "Stormy Pinkness"—obsessives beware: you already own this stuff. Nonetheless, this joyous ride through two decades of TMBG will add as many years to your life.—BJ
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