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“No!” Music Review

Author John Cech
Air Date 9/29/2006

“No!” Transcript

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That’s my one-and-a-half-year-old grandson with his daily chorus of “no’s” — one of his favorite words these days. It’s the title song for the new family music CD from the alternative rock group, They Might Be Giants. Here’s a sample.

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There’s just about everything else in this surprising and delightful CD: fantasy songs like “Fibber Island,” and “Where Do They Make Balloons”; pure nonsense in “Wake Up Call” and “Four of Two”; clever slices of domestic life about a broom, a grocery bag, and a finnicky eater; and onomotopoetic riffs like “Violin” and “Clap Your Hands” — one of the best rhythm songs to come along for kids in years.

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This is a group that happily plays everything against the children’s music grain– what might be a lullaby in another group’s catalog is an unexpectedly grungy send up of the process of getting ready for bed, which they make sound like a rock ‘n’ roll anthem. Which for many kids today is exactly what it is.

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