Here Comes Science

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Here Comes Science
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released September 1, 2009
Genre Children's, educational
Length 39:46
Label Idlewild / Disney Sound
Producer They Might Be Giants, Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants chronology
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
Here Comes Science
(2009)
Kids Go!
(2009)
TMBG studio album chronology
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
Here Comes Science
(2009)
Join Us
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B+[4]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Uncut 2/5 stars[1]
Under the Radar 6/10 stars[8]
Wired (favorable)[9]
Zooglobble (favorable)[10]

Here Comes Science is the fourteenth studio album and fourth children's album from Brooklyn-based band They Might Be Giants, packaged as a CD/DVD set. The album is (as the title suggests) science-themed, and is the third in their line of educational albums, following 2005's Here Come the ABCs and 2008's Here Come the 123s. It was nominated for the "Best Musical Album For Children" Grammy.[11]

Background[edit]

The band began hinting that the next children's album would be science-themed via interviews around the release of 123s, but the actual title of the album was not confirmed until an August 2008 interview with John Flansburgh for Blogcritics Magazine.[12] The album had been in production since at least late 2007, as a very short sample clip of the music video for the song "How Many Planets" was posted in January 2008 to Colourmovie's website.[13] The band also hired a scientific consultant for this project because, as Flansburgh admitted, "frankly, I was a terrible science student in high school. My last memory of the periodic table was right before I lost consciousness."[14]

Here Comes Science features the songs "I Am a Paleontologist" and "Speed and Velocity", on which bass guitarist Danny Weinkauf and drummer Marty Beller sing their own compositions (respectively). This idea has been a common theme for the band's children's albums, but has never been put in place on any of their adult-oriented albums. "I Am a Paleontologist" features spoken appearances from Weinkauf's two children, Lena and Kai.[15]

"I Am a Paleontologist" was featured in a Payless ShoeSource commercial featuring kids inside a dinosaur museum.

Track listing[edit]

The CD track listing is the same as the DVD track listing, with the exception of the bonus track "Waves", which is absent from the DVD.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Science Is Real"   They Might Be Giants 1:54
2. "Meet the Elements"   They Might Be Giants 3:19
3. "I Am a Paleontologist"   Danny Weinkauf 2:32
4. "The Bloodmobile"   They Might Be Giants 2:21
5. "Electric Car" (with Robin Goldwasser) They Might Be Giants 3:22
6. "My Brother the Ape"   They Might Be Giants 3:06
7. "What Is a Shooting Star?"   Louis Singer, Hy Zaret 1:38
8. "How Many Planets?"   They Might Be Giants 1:56
9. "Why Does the Sun Shine?"   Singer, Zaret 2:36
10. "Why Does the Sun Really Shine?"   They Might Be Giants 1:51
11. "Roy G. Biv"   They Might Be Giants 2:07
12. "Put It to the Test"   They Might Be Giants 1:41
13. "Photosynthesis"   They Might Be Giants 1:59
14. "Cells"   They Might Be Giants 2:41
15. "Speed and Velocity"   Marty Beller 1:48
16. "Computer Assisted Design"   They Might Be Giants 0:54
17. "Solid Liquid Gas"   They Might Be Giants 1:28
18. "Here Comes Science"   They Might Be Giants 0:16
19. "The Ballad of Davy Crockett (in Outer Space)"   Tom W. Blackburn, George Bruns 2:17
Total length:
39:46
Amazon MP3 edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
20. "Waves"   They Might Be Giants 1:32
Total length:
41:18

Personnel[edit]

They Might Be Giants[15]
Additional vocalists[15]
  • Robin Goldwasser – lead vocals on 4, 5, 8; minor vocals on 13
  • Hannah & Niffer Levine – vocals on 16
  • Lena & Kai Weinkauf – vocals on 3
Horn arrangement[15]
Production[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Here Comes Science". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  2. ^ Truitt, Warren. "They Might Be Giants - Here Comes Science". About.com. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Here Comes Science - They Might Be Giants". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  4. ^ Murray, Noel (2009-09-01). "They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  5. ^ Nagy, Evie (2009-09-18). "They Might Be Giants, 'Here Comes Science'". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  6. ^ Conaton, Chris (2009-09-01). "They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science" PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: They Might Be Giants". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  8. ^ Passman, Aaron (2009-09-28). "They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science". Under the Radar. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Thill, Scott (2009-08-31). "They Might Be Giants Keeps Pop Kid-Friendly With Smart Science". Underwire. Wired. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "CD/DVD Review: Here Comes Science - They Might Be Giants" Zooglobble. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  11. ^ Grammy 2010 Nominees
  12. ^ An Interview with John Flansburgh blogcritics. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  13. ^ TMBG – Planets Colourmovie. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  14. ^ John Flansburgh reveals plans... friedricksburg.com. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  15. ^ a b c d e Here Comes Science liner notes.

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