I’m gonna put it all right out on front street straight out the gate: They Might Be Giants hot “new” jam, Flood, is a work of genius, and should be revered as such.
Songs like “Dead” cut you deep to the core, letting you know how it feels to be not unlike that of a bag of groceries accidentally taken off the shelf in a market before the appropriately indicated by it’s printed expiration date.
Conversely “We Want A Rock” gets right to that innate human desire we all have deep down inside to go out and find a rock to wind a string around, you know?
TMBG manage to tug right on the heartstrings with songs like “Lucky Ball and Chain,” which gives a heavy sense of disappointment. The very specific type of disappointment that has you sighing and saying “well shit, that sucks.”
The album really is a great improvement over their last release, Lincoln. That’s not too say said album is crap, Flood is just far and away the best of the three albums released to date.
Sure, some philistines are bound to complain about things like “Birdhouse in your Soul” and “Particle Man,” but those aren’t people you’d generally want to associate anyway, so it all works out in the end.