No!

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No!
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Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released June 11, 2002
Recorded 1991; 1999–2002
Genre Children's music
Length 33:50
Label Idlewild/Rounder Kids (US)
Shock Records (AU)
Producer They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
They Might Be Giants in Holidayland
(2001)
No!
(2002)
They Got Lost
(2002)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (84/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard (favorable)[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (7/10)[5]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[1][6]
7/10 stars (Deluxe Edition)[7]
Robert Christgau (dud)[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

No! is the first children's album by the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, released in 2002 on Rounder Records and Idlewild Recordings.

Retaining the eclecticism, humor and psychedelic sensibilities of their adult work, the lyrical stylings are decidedly different: the darker themes of death and depression have been replaced with songs extolling the virtues of imagination, robots and sleep. The album declares itself TMBG's first album "for the entire family",[10] with the intention that songs appeal to both young and old audiences. The album contains a cover of Vic Mizzy's safety song "In the Middle, In the Middle, In the Middle" sung by Robin Goldwasser.

No! was released as an enhanced CD; while it plays normally in any CD audio player, it features a CD-ROM portion as well, providing the listener with interactive flash animations by the Chopping Block.

"The Edison Museum" was originally written in 1991 and featured on the Edisongs compilation that year. The recorded version appearing here is largely the same as the Edisongs version, but has been slightly modified. The modified version here previously appeared on Long Tall Weekend in 1999.[11]

The largely positive reception the album received led to a collaboration with Walt Disney Records and the Disney Sound label. They released three albums through the mid-2000s, each with a theme: Here Come the ABCs (2005), Here Come the 123s (2008), and Here Comes Science (2009). The band's fifth children's music album, Why?, released in 2015, was intended as a more direct followup to No!

Track listing[edit]

All songs by They Might Be Giants unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Fibber Island" – 2:10
  2. "Four of Two" – 2:18
  3. "Robot Parade" – 1:22
  4. "No!" – 1:30
  5. "Where Do They Make Balloons?" – 2:41 (Danny Weinkauf)
  6. "In the Middle, In the Middle, In the Middle" – 1:16 (Vic Mizzy)
  7. "Violin" – 2:26
  8. "John Lee Supertaster" – 2:01
  9. "The Edison Museum" – 2:02
  10. "The House at the Top of the Tree" – 2:31
  11. "Clap Your Hands" – 1:22
  12. "I Am Not Your Broom" – 1:04
  13. "Wake Up Call" – 1:10
  14. "I Am a Grocery Bag" – 0:35
  15. "Lazyhead and Sleepybones" – 3:28
  16. "Bed Bed Bed" – 3:12
  17. "Sleepwalkers" – 2:42

The Enhanced CD portion of the CD contains a hidden track about the Chopping Block, the designers of the enhanced CD and tmbg.com, one of the band's websites.

2012 digital "deluxe" version bonus tracks
  1. "Alphabet of Nations (Bonus Extended Version)" – 2:20
  2. "John Lee Supertaster (Live Almanac)" - 3:09
  3. "Violin (Live Almanac)" - 2:55
  4. "Clap Your Hands (Live Almanac - Censored)" - 1:58
  5. "Robot Parade (Live Almanac)" - 2:53
  6. "Doctor Worm (Live Almanac)" - 2:58
  7. "Stalk Of Wheat (Live Almanac)" - 1:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Billboard review". Archived from the original on August 15, 2002. Retrieved August 15, 2002. 
  4. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ PopMatters review 1
  7. ^ PopMatters review 2
  8. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 808. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ No! liner notes
  11. ^ tmbw:The Edison Museum

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