They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song week 14: End of the Rope

Yesterday, I wrote a handful of short reviews of recent They Might Be Giants songs. Then, when I hit publish, I got an error message and they were all gone. So today, I’m going to try and write them again, as four separate posts, and save regularly. As in, like, every couple of sentences.

Week 14: End of the Rope

I didn't pay much attention to this song when it came out on Dial-A-Song, probably because I didn't find the video very engaging. Then Glean came out (TMBG's new album, which was mostly songs that had already come out on Dial-A-Song) and this quickly became my favorite song on the album.

It's really melodramatically poetic, which makes it feel a lot like mainstream music. But then every once in a while, there's a word or phrase or note or rhythm or instrument that hits wrong, and, to me at least, that makes the song feel much more like the genuine expression of a real person's deep pain, in a way that expertly produced contemporary songs about heartbreak just can't, even if they totally are.