RELEASE
October 25, 2005
LABEL
Idlewild Recordings
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock

Album Review

They Might Be Giants are one of too-few bands that manage to make compilations that are as cohesive and enjoyable as their regular full-length albums. They Got Lost is no exception -- a collection of truly rare rarities, it shows once again that the group's more obscure songs are quite often just as great as their best-known ones. Many of the tracks here come from They Might Be Giants' relationship with the music download service EMusic, including the sweetly sad alt-country of "Words are Like (Demo)"; "Reprehensible"'s bright, swingy lounge; and the more typical quirky rock of "On the Drag," "I Am a Human Head" and "Certain People I Could Name." Sometimes the origins of the songs are even more unusual than the songs themselves: "Oranges" and the very silly "Oranges Testimonial" were commissioned by the Chopping Block, a graphic design firm. "Theme to McSweeney"'s celebrates Dave Eggers' beloved literary webzine with Wendy Carlos-style baroque electronics, and "I'm Sick (of this American Life)" pays homage to the National Public Radio show with weary, tongue-in-cheek wit; meanwhile, "Rat Patrol" (another EMusic track), with its charging pianos and guitars, sounds like the theme song to a TV show that never was. One of They Got Lost's best songs actually did appear in a TV show: "All Alone," the strangely bittersweet story of a germ launched into outer space, appeared on "Brave New World," a special series produced by ABC's Nightline. Though this collection isn't quite as consistent as, say, Miscellaneous T, They Got Lost is still a lot of fun (especially on off-the-cuff tracks like "Disappointing Show") and a must for any die-hard TMBG fans that don't already have these songs.
Heather Phares, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Rest Awhilehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  2. Truth in Your Wordshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  3. On the Draghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  4. All Alonehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  5. Down to the Bottom of the Seahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  6. I'm Sick (Of This American Life)https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  7. Words Are Like [Demo Version]https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  8. I Am a Human Headhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  9. Orangeshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  10. Empty Bottle Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  11. They Got Losthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  12. Reprehensiblehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  13. Rat Patrolhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  14. The Army's Tired Nowhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  15. Certain People I Could Namehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  16. Theme to McSweeney'shttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  17. Dollar for Dollarhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  18. Mosh Momken Abadonhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  19. Token Back to Brooklynhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  20. Disappointing Showhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
  21. Oranges Testimonialhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/they-got-lost/id632978679?uo=5
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