Phoning It In: “Hello Mrs. Wheelyke”

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They Might Be Giants have resurrected their ingenious Dial-A-Song concept by streaming a new song each week of 2015 at www.dialasong.com. MAGNET’s Matthew Fritch reviews them all.

The phrase “too clever by half” comes to mind. Google the lyrics to “Hello Mrs. Wheelyke” and you’ll see how the Johns have stuffed two sets of lyrics into one song. And that’s kind of the problem. I love clever, wordy songs; but it’s best when those lyrical devices sneak up on you after you’re already into the music.

File-A-Song:
I don’t care/4
this/1
time/2
go!