John Henry

Lead Performer: They Might Be Giants; Producer (group): Elektra

Prolific and eclectic, Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell write hook-laden songs that mix pop, vaudeville, and soul elements. But their work has been marred by a smart-alecky, overly clever precociousness. Recording with a full band helps-the rhythms are looser, the arrangements more muscular-but the lyrics still tend toward undergraduate smarminess.

Originally posted September 16 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT

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