Phone Power (album)

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Phone Power
Phone power (final).png
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released March 8, 2016 (online), June 10, 2016 (CD)
Recorded December 2014, April–June and September–December 2015
Genre Alternative rock
Length 45:05[1]
Label Idlewild, Lojinx
Producer They Might Be Giants, Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants chronology
Why?
(2015)Why?2015
Phone Power
(2016)
I Like Fun
(2018)I Like Fun2018
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5.0 stars[2]

Phone Power is the nineteenth studio album from New York City-based alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, released digitally on March 8, 2016. It is the third and final album containing songs from the band's 2015 Dial-A-Song service. British label Lojinx announced a physical release in Europe, on CD, for June 10.[3]

Background[edit]

In late 2014 They Might Be Giants announced they would be reviving their Dial-A-Song service, with a new track released every week of 2015.[4] The songs would be released as three separate studio albums (the first two, Glean and Why?, were released in 2015) as part of a "Dial-A-Song compilation" which would be included as benefits in the 2015 They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club.

Release[edit]

Phone Power was released digitally on March 8, 2016 for the public (and one day earlier for Instant Fan Club members), and the first They Might Be Giants release to feature a pay-what-you-want model.[5][6] This was discontinued in June 2016, switching to a traditional flat payment model.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by They Might Be Giants, except as noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Apophenia"2:33
2."I Love You For Psychological Reasons"3:01
3."To A Forest"2:10
4."I Am Alone"2:29
5."Say Nice Things About Detroit"2:42
6."Trouble Awful Devil Evil"3:29
7."ECNALUBMA"2:56
8."Daylight"1:52
9."Sold My Mind to the Kremlin"2:03
10."It Said Something"3:13
11."Impossibly New"2:07
12."I'll Be Haunting You"2:48
13."Got Getting Up So Down"1:42
14."What Did I Do to You?"1:29
15."Shape Shifter"3:12
16."Bills, Bills, Bills" (E. Phillips, K. Briggs, Kandi, B. Knowles, L. Luckett, K. Rowland, L. Roberson)3:16
17."Black Ops (Alternate Version)"2:31
18."I Wasn't Listening"1:31

Personnel[edit]

They Might Be Giants
are joined by
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 122

References[edit]