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Review: They Might Be Giants NANOBOTS songs 1-5

Nanobots by They Might Be GiantsNanobots is a new album by They Might Be Giants, a band who started with upbeat depressing breakup songs and several songs about degenerative mental illness, and blossomed it into a career that puts one foot in adult alternative and one foot solidly in children’s music. While Nanobots is more in the adult alternative realm, it’s still a wicked poppy album with many things a child would enjoy, and not understand until years later.

You’re On Fire

Absurdly catchy little song, the guitar switches from left to right with every note. The lyrics are a bit boring but very catchy. It’s a bit reminiscent of the Pink album. Oddly a very good dance tune. Only regret is the song clocks in at under three minutes and that’s just when you’re getting into the groove of the thing.


The song starts out sounding like a marching tune, then just becomes happy. Reminds me a lot of something that would have fit into Apollo 18. It’s got an interesting feel of marching toward the inevitable grey goo of uniformity as the nanobots devour all things consumable, but in a happy way. The undertones of complete destruction and creepy nano-conquering are too subtle for a younger audience, and it comes across as a very happy little song.

Black Ops

Sounds like a lullabye, very dark involving secret police, abuse, detention facilities, places that don’t exist, and sticking you into a locker. The music however is extremely soothing.

Lost My Mind

Sounds a bit like it was based on a sea shanty, chronicles the singer’s insanity or random drifts of imagination. Lots of great circular imagery, sticks in your head and struggles to break out every time you can’t find your keys.

Circular Karate Chop

It’s got an interesting use of the word Anorak (parka / obsessive interest in niche subjects) and seems to devote a lot of time to ignoring a bully who’s evidently going to grow up to be in the circus. Poppy, upbeat, interesting link between a telescoping roundhouse kick and a C-64 controller.

Nanobots is available from Amazon

5 / 5 stars     

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.