September 16, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

Prolific and eclectic, Giants John Flansburgh and John Linnell write hook-laden songs that mix pop, vaudeville, and soul elements. But their work has been marred by a smart-alecky, overly clever precociousness. Recording with a full band helps-the rhythms are looser, the arrangements more muscular-but the lyrics still tend toward undergraduate smarminess.

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