The Else

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The Else
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released May 15, 2007
Recorded 2006 – 2007
in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:12
Label Idlewild, Rough Trade
Producer The Dust Brothers
Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
Venue Songs DVD/CD
(2005)
The Else
(2007)
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (73/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club B [3]
IGN (8.5/10) [4]
The Music Box 3/5 stars [5]
Now 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10) [6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [7]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [8]
Spin (6/10) [1]
Stylus B+ [9]

The Else is the 12th studio album by rock group They Might Be Giants, released by Idlewild Records in 2007. The album was produced in part by The Dust Brothers, along with Pat Dillett and the band.

The Else was first available for download through the iTunes Store on May 15, 2007. The CD version was released in stores on July 10, 2007, with initial runs accompanied by a full-length bonus disc of rare material, Cast Your Pod To The Wind.[10] On September 11, 2007, the band released a gatefold vinyl LP of the album. Cast Your Pod was made available separately on iTunes in July, 2009.

A video, created by Mizushima Hine, for "With the Dark" was released on the band's YouTube page on June 7, 2007. Two more videos, for "The Shadow Government" and "I'm Impressed" were also later released. A full-length video for "The Mesopotamians" was released on Stereogum.com on October 2.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by They Might Be Giants except as noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Impressed"   2:39
2. "Take Out the Trash"   3:14
3. "Upside Down Frown"   2:17
4. "Climbing the Walls"   3:15
5. "Careful What You Pack"   2:40
6. "The Cap'm"   3:11
7. "With the Dark"   3:17
8. "The Shadow Government"   2:37
9. "Bee of the Bird of the Moth"   3:31
10. "Withered Hope" (written by They Might Be Giants, Mike Simpson, John King) 2:54
11. "Contrecoup"   3:11
12. "Feign Amnesia"   2:29
13. "The Mesopotamians"   2:57
Total length:
38:12

Cast Your Pod to the Wind (bonus disc)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Put Your Hand on the Computer"   1:57
2. "I'm Your Boyfriend Now"   2:40
3. "Why Did You Grow a Beard?"   1:08
4. "We Live in a Dump"   1:40
5. "Brain Problem Situation"   2:55
6. "Sketchy Galore"   2:21
7. "Microphone"   2:04
8. "Vestibule"   1:59
9. "Greasy Kid Stuff"   1:40
10. "Metal Detector (live)"   3:43
11. "Employee of the Month"   1:24
12. "Homunculus"   2:16
13. "No Plan B (live)"   1:40
14. "Morgan in the Morning"   1:07
15. "Kendra McCormick"   0:51
16. "Yeah, the Deranged Millionaire"   1:23
17. "My Other Phone Is a Boom Car"   0:27
18. "I Hear a New World"   2:09
19. "(She Was a) Hotel Detective in the Future"   2:05
20. "Haunted Floating Eye"   1:25
21. "Scott Bower"   1:23
22. "The Mexican Drill"   1:10
23. "Cast Your Pod to the Wind"   1:26

Personnel[edit]

They Might Be Giants
Backing band
Additional musicians
Production
  • They Might Be Giants – producers (except 3, 6, 9, 10, 12)
  • Patrick Dillett – producer (except 3, 6, 9, 10, 12), engineer
  • The Dust Brothers – producers (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12)
  • UE Nastasi – mastering
  • Yuki Takahashi – engineer
  • Greg Thompson – engineer
  • Jon Altschuler – engineer
  • Marcel Dzama – artwork, costumes, photography

Reception[edit]

The album reached #9 on the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart.[11]

References[edit]

External links[edit]