I guess I’m just a sucker for They Might Be Giants. they’re absolute geniuses in my book. They have the uncanny ability to write a catchy hook based around just about any subject. it’s absolutely astonishing to see John Flansburgh and John Linnell continue to be creative and inventive after all these years in the biz. I recently purchased Here Come The 123s for the kids and I can honestly say that it’s a joy to listen to. AND THIS is a KIDS album for goodness sakes! No more lame-brained Raffi tunes or god-awful Barney the Dinosaur crap for this generation of kids. with the constant exposure to multimedia, nickelodeon, the disney channel and the like, it takes a lot more nowadays to catch the attention of today’s youngsters. Flansburgh and Linnell are aware of this and have crafted well thoughtout and sophisticated songs for kids to sing-along and learn from.
Here Comes the 123s is their third kid-centric album. No! and Here Come the ABCs being the other two. I suppose kids between the ages of 2 and 6 will get the bulk of the benefit from listening to an album about numbers but the tunes are so darn catchy and fun that parents (and older kids) won’t mind the repeated listenings in the minivan. Honestly, not all of the songs are out of the park homeruns but you can’t help but admire the band for swinging hard with each attempt. personal favorites include: Zeroes, One Everything, High Five!, The Secret Life of Six and Heart of the Band.