The Else

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The Else
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 2007
RecordedEarly 2006 – 2007
in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles
GenreAlternative rock
LabelIdlewild, Zoë Records
ProducerThe Dust Brothers
Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
Venue Songs DVD/CD
The Else
Here Come the 123s
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic(73/100) [1]
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. ClubB [3]
IGN(8.5/10) [4]
The Music Box3/5 stars [5]
Now4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media(5.3/10) [6]
PopMatters7/10 stars [7]
Robert Christgau(choice cut) [8]
Spin(6/10) [1]
StylusB+ [9]

The Else is the twelfth 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 (the title being a parody of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi’s 1962 hit "Cast Your Fate 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 on October 2.

"Careful What You Pack" was originally written for the soundtrack of 2009 film Coraline, but it was not ultimately used in the film.[11]

Track listing[edit]

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

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
12."Feign Amnesia"2:29
13."The Mesopotamians"2:57
Total length:38:12
Japan release bonus tracks
14."Brain Problem Situation"2:55
15."We Live in a Dump"1:40
16."I'm Your Boyfriend Now"2:40

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

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
9."Greasy Kid Stuff"1:40
10."Metal Detector (live)"3:43
11."Employee of the Month"1:24
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


They Might Be Giants
Backing band
Additional musicians
  • 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


The album reached #9 on the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club review
  4. ^ IGN review
  5. ^ The Music Box review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  9. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  10. ^ Jonathan Cohen. "They Might Be Giants Plot July For Next Disc". Retrieved 2007-04-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Gaiman, Neil (2007-07-10). "Orchids and hemlock". Neil Gaiman's Journal. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  12. ^ "Top Digital Albums". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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