Album Review: 'Then: The Earlier Years' | EW.com

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Then: The Earlier Years This 72-song compilation — incorporating TMBG's first three albums, previously unreleased oddities, and droll autobiographical notes —...Then: The Earlier YearsReissues This 72-song compilation — incorporating TMBG's first three albums, previously unreleased oddities, and droll autobiographical notes —...1997-04-11
B+

Then: The Earlier Years

Genre: Reissues; Lead Performer: They Might Be Giants

This 72-song compilation — incorporating TMBG’s first three albums, previously unreleased oddities, and droll autobiographical notes — chronicles the duo’s maturation from resourceful do-it-yourselfers to canny artistes. Their eclectic yet accessible material still sounds fresh, embodying the blend of braininess and whimsicality that’s the key to the pair’s appeal. B+

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