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Classic Album Review: They Might Be Giants | No!

The dependably clever duo deliver a playfully quirky treat for kids of all ages.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


With their playful lyrics and whimsical melodies, They Might Be Giants have always been a kid-friendly outfit. But with their latest disc No!, they make it official.

Unlike their bratty theme for Malcolm In The Middle — and unlike its contrary title — No! is a pleasant and agreeable set of charming tales designed to entertain and educate the wee ones. Where Do They Make Balloons? is a geography lesson in disguise, In The Middle offers traffic safety tips and I Am Not Your Broom stresses individuality, while other cuts like Clap Your Hands, Robot Parade and Fibber Island offer nothing but sheer verbal silliness, set to a quirky musical score midway between The Residents and Devo. Best of all, however, is the magnificent enhanced portion of the disc, which contains addictive interactive games for nearly all the songs (I’m hooked on the dancing bird-robots of Clap Your Hands). From start to finish, No! is a delight — and tons o’ fun for kids of all ages.