They Might Be Giants first non-children’s album opens in classic TMBG fashion with the incredibly catchy “Can’t Keep Johnny Down.” Sadly though, the rest of the album is pretty hit-or-miss. In fact I’ve been trying to work on this review for about a week now but am having a real hard time listening to the record from start to finish. “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” is absolute classic TMBG while “Canajoharie,” “Old Pine Box,” “Celebration,” and “You Probably Get That a Lot” are also really good. The rest of the album is just meh.
Overall the record is typical TMBG—a mixture of pop, with hints of soul, rock, and funk, that is quirky and off kilter. If you are a big-time TMBG fan then you’ll probably love Join Us, if not then I suggest getting their two-disc best-of collection Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants.