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Lincoln

They Might Be Giants

Lincoln

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  • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.

Type: Album

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: Vinyl

Tracks: 18

Language: English

Total size: 90.86 Mb

Year: 1988

Total price: $2.16


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03:23
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2
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02:21
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3
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02:06
4.82 Mb
4
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02:40
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01:10
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03:06
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7
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02:01
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8
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01:52
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9
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02:42
6.19 Mb
10
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02:24
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11
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02:37
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12
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01:55
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13
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01:54
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14
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02:34
5.86 Mb
15
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01:13
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16
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01:16
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17
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02:32
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18
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01:53
4.3 Mb


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I used to think this album was a bit overrated compared to the first album and Flood, but with a couple more listens it is definitely deserving of all the praise it gets. Lincoln sounds surprisingly different from TMBG's first album, the latter soaking with MIDI- and sample-based experimentation which often led to very weird places which many people might have found too strange for them. Lincoln does have lots of experimentation and samples as well, but they become substantial features of the songs they're in, instead of being the main attraction like what happens in the first album ("Boat of Car", "Hope I Get Old Before I Die", "Rabid Child", etc.).

Which isn't to say there aren't any sample-heavy songs in Lincoln ("Cowtown", "Snowball in Hell"); there's just fewer of them. Most of the tracks in this album stand out pretty well on their own - especially the singles.

"Ana Ng" is one of TMBG's most popular songs, featuring what the Johns describe as the best guitar sound they had ever come up with at that point. John L.'s lyrics are the best part - as they always are -, only making sense when you stop to think about them for a while.

"Purple Toupee" is my favorite from this album, with its glorious chorus and unexpected ending. The video for it is also my favorite, which may not be a coincidence.

"They'll Need a Crane" has my favorite LYRICS from the album, describing a depressingly realistic situation where a married couple has to accept the fact that they don't love each other anymore and should get divorced. Also, I just noticed how most of TMBG's singles are sung by John Linnell. Probably coincidental.

Other highlights from Lincoln include "Cowtown", "Where Your Eyes Don't Go" (one of the creepiest songs They ever wrote), "Snowball in Hell", "Pencil Rain" and the ugly but energetic "You'll Miss Me".

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