Lincoln (album)

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Lincoln is the second album by the band They Might Be Giants. It was released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). The album is named after John Linnell and John Flansburgh's boyhood home of Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Lincoln's lyrics further elaborate the themes and surrealistic, wordplay-heavy style of They Might Be Giants, but include more songs about troubled romantic relationships ("They'll Need a Crane", "I've Got a Match"), and some that verge on social or political satire ("Purple Toupee", "Pencil Rain", "Kiss Me, Son of God"). Musically, Lincoln is a more technically polished album than They Might Be Giants and makes heavier use of what would become TMBG's signature instrument, Linnell's accordion. To the previous album's wide-ranging musical influences are added hints of jazz and sea shanties.

Despite its primitive sound (the duo would eventually take on a backing band with live drums), this do-it-yourself sophomore effort is widely considered by critics to be the band's defining musical statement.

Track listing

  1. "Ana Ng"
  2. "Cowtown"
  3. "Lie Still, Little Bottle"
  4. "Purple Toupee"
  5. "Cage & Aquarium"
  6. "Where Your Eyes Don't Go"
  7. "Piece of Dirt"
  8. "Mr. Me"
  9. "Pencil Rain"
  10. "World's Address"
  11. "I've Got a Match"
  12. "Santa's Beard"
  13. "You'll Miss Me"
  14. "They'll Need a Crane"
  15. "Shoehorn With Teeth"
  16. "Stand on Your Own Head"
  17. "Snowball in Hell"
  18. "Kiss Me, Son of God"

External links

  • Lincoln (http://www.tmbw.net/wiki/index.php/Lincoln) page at This Might Be A Wiki


They Might Be Giants albums

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