They Might Be Giants - I Like Fun
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Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #749 / 850
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Based on 47 ratings
January 19, 2018 / Release Date
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I Like Fun might be the band’s most purely rock album ever, with only a quarter or so of the tracklist set aside for ballads or flashes of old-school TMBG eccentricity.

‘I Like Fun’ is another fulfilling They Might Be Giants experience, one that diehard fans of the group will get a kick out of. They aren’t doing anything too different from what we’ve heard before, but their core sound is so loveable that it hardly matters.
A.V. Club
Since 1986, the prolific Brooklyn duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell has never gone longer than a few years without an album release, recently swaying from kids’ albums to grown-up ones. They Might Be Giants’ latest is decidedly in the latter camp—even though there’s still plenty of goofiness in songs like the title track, “McCafferty’s Bib,” and “The Greatest.”

I Like Fun remains a strong, if not exactly noteworthy album, simply because TMBG are a strong band that can pull off anything at this point, and although newcomers looking for examples of their late-career excellence should probably start with recent gems like Glean or Nanobots, longtime fans will find much to like here, crunchy guitars and all.


Even when the Johns' sentiments are morbid, I Like Fun's music seizes the joy of the moment.

God Is in the TV

I Like Fun isn’t going to win They Might Be Giants any new fans but at this point it’s hard to imagine them caring. If you were looking forward to their new album, you’ll enjoy it. If you weren’t aware, you’re going to remain unaware.

The Skinny
Not entirely for us but we’re glad it’s in the world!
They Might Be Giants are many things to many people. Named after the Don Quixote inspired title to the 1971 George C. Scott film of the same name, the singing duo of John Flansburgh (guitar & vocals) and John Linnell (accordion, saxophone & vocals) first came to prominence in the mid-1980s playing gigs in and around New York City’s Lower East Side accompanied by a drum machine and prerecorded audio cassette tapes. In the ensuing 35 years TMBG have broadened the range of keyboard ... read more
The best tmbg album of the 2010s.
I’ve always loved TMBG. Their last few albums have been a pleasant surprise and I Like Fun begins with an upbeat scorcher called Let’s Get This Over With, ever ironic as an opener. It also ends solidly with one of my favorite songs of recent memory called Last Wave. The innards, however, leave Something to be desired. Their genius lies in their ability to harness their quirkiness and layer each song with equivalent melodic excellence. But when it doesn’t work, like most of the ... read more
This is a slightly difficult album for me to make heads or tails of, because on one hand, the first side includes some of the band’s strongest songs and hooks in their career. On the other hand, side two features three songs ALL IN A ROW that feel like total pointless throwaways right before the last song, and it really takes the momentum out of the greatness that kicks the whole thing off. Outside of the Semisonic nod (which is very much appreciated), “Let’s Get This Over ... read more
This is the comeback album from tmbg. After a rut of decent albums, they might be giants return with yet another reinvention of their sound. Its bold and loud with its traditional rock instrumentation, while still having weird songs throughout like its lead single I Like Fun. Great album that shows tmbg still has gas in the tank.

Favorite: By The Time You Get This
Least Favorite: The Greatest
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Track List

  1. Let's Get This over With
  2. I Left My Body
  3. All Time What
  4. By the Time You Get This
  5. An Insult to the Fact Checkers
  6. Mrs. Bluebeard
  7. I Like Fun
  8. Push Back the Hands
  9. This Microphone
  10. The Bright Side
  11. When the Light Comes On
  12. Lake Monsters
  13. Mccafferty's Bib
  14. The Greatest
  15. Last Wave
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Added on: October 23, 2017