Personnel: John Flansburgh (vocals, guitar); John Linnell (vocals, woodwinds, keyboards); Dan Miller (guitar); Marty Beller (drums).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Dillett.
Recording information: Collyer Brothers Studio, Brooklyn; Oscilloscope Laboratories; Patrick Dillett's Studio, NYC; Terminus Recording, NYC; The Governor's Bluff Sullivan County; The Penalty Box, NYC.
Following Glean and Why?, Phone Power is the third They Might Be Giants album to come from the relaunched Dial-A-Song. If Glean delivered some of John Linnell and John Flansburgh's best warped pop in years and Why? recalled the brilliance of children's albums like No!, then Phone Power serves as a reminder of the band's dedication to their fans. Not only was the album -- the band's 19th -- released as a pay-what-you-want download, it also features a long-awaited studio version of their cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills, Bills, Bills." Elsewhere, the band channels the Beach Boys on "Shape Shifter" and disco on "I'll Be Haunting You," while "Apophenia," "I Love You for Psychological Reasons," and "Sold My Mind to the Kremlin" are among the finest examples of TMBG's inimitably quirky style here. ~ Heather Phares