Then: The Earlier Years 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… Then: The Earlier Years 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… They Might Be Giants Reissues
Music Review

Album Review: 'Then: The Earlier Years'

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: They Might Be Giants; Genre: Reissues

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+

Originally posted Apr 11, 1997 Published in issue #374 Apr 11, 1997 Order article reprints
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