They Might Be Giants: ‘Mink Car’


Since their early albums “Lincoln” and “Flood,” John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the self-appointed supercilious music nerds of They Might Be Giants, have displayed a remarkable talent for straddling the fence between disdain for and celebration of the pop tune. Usually sweet and upbeat on the surface, their lyrics contain a level of sarcasm that becomes the spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down.

They have continued this practice on their latest Restless Records release “Mink Car.” Songs of despair and paralysis play out as cheerful as a breakfast-cereal commercial, while other tracks evidently relish exactly what they rag on. In the track, “Man, It’s So Loud in Here,” the vocalist rolls his eyes at the fate of electronic music, while singing to a background reminiscent of a late ’80s new-wave dance party.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online

They might be Giants: 'Mink Car'

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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