Music Review: They Might Be Giants, “Here Come the 123s”
Parents of toddlers know the pain: The small boss in the car seat demands that they turn off Vampire Weekend and put in a Wiggles disc or — horror of horrors — the Doodlebops. Thanks to They Might Be Giants, ironic heroes of discerning young parents’ hipster youth, it doesn’t have to be that way. Since 2002′s “No!” established John Flansburgh and John Linnell as first-echelon purveyors of smart music for tiny rockers, They Might Be Giants now split time between their adult-cult stardom and being the Lennon/McCartney of the Playhouse Disney crowd.
“Here Come the 123s” is not just acceptable kids’ fare; adults with or without spawn will find much to love about TMBG’s third children’s collection. Most of the tracks get in and out in less than three minutes and most of the songs are about numbers, and Linnell and Flansburgh plant fun lyrics about math and geometry in contagious melodies — like the ’70s “Schoolhouse Rock” shorts with better music.
The DVD has engaging animations for each song, which will help make the R.E.M. parody “Figure 8” and the piano-driven “One Dozen Monkeys” become staples in most children’s musical diet. TMBG succeeds because they do not condescend — this is music that sounds great at any age. Kids will grow out of many pairs of jeans before they grow out of “Here Come the 123s.”
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