What kind of music is this? Use the Algo-rhythm

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Take the crunchy hooks, the songs about weird topics like “Santa’s Beard” or anti-depressants and the general sensibility of They Might Be Giants’s “Lincoln” …
Subtract the kiddie-friendly pop tunes of They Might Be Giants’s “No” …
Add some of the pop sensibility of Fountains of Wayne’s eponymous first LP …
Add the square root of Nick Lowe’s “Pure Pop for Now People” …

And you get Jonathan Coulton’s “Articifical Heart.”

To fully understand the quirk-rock genius of Jonathan Coulton, you have to pull out the slide rule, and a few old LPs, and use our handy, patent-pending Algorhythm:

Updated 11:15 am, September 26, 2011
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