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  • Vinyl (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redeye Label
  • ASIN: B00B2TUFB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

ATDI's first release, finally available again. Acrobatic Tenement has a more frenetic, less polished sound than later ATDI releases, but is nonetheless classic, intense At The Drive-In.

Customer Reviews

Schaffino: great guitars intro and lyrics...TO BE ALIVE!!!
AMBULE
I fully and whole-heartedly recommend this album to anyone who is looking for something that will mean a lot to them.
"deathwilloccur"
ATD-I are a very live, orginal band and 'Acrobatic Tenement' captures this perfectly.
Robin Sky

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AMBULE on June 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You might know ATDI from their last studio album relationship of command or for bieng the mars volta's and sparta's roots, but if you dont know this album you're missing a great era on Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler's musical ride, this is how it all began, 5 guys from latin america and United States met at El Paso, TX and recorded this garage gem, which goes...

1. Star Slight: it takes you away from reality and lets you in ATDI's dimenssion

2. Schaffino: great guitars intro and lyrics...TO BE ALIVE!!!

3. Ebroglio: a tribute to Julio Venegas that makes you admire him without even having known him...BUT NOTHING REALLY MATTERS!!

4. Initiation: amazing melody, great song to sing along and yell your lungs out

5. Communication Drive-In: listen at it a few times and you'll get it

6. Skips on the record: great composing, not just another punk band

7. Paid Vacation Time: great vocals n lyrics...A TANK FULL OF FUEL

8. Ticklish: best song on the album, a preview of In/Casino/Out and Relationship of Command

9. Blue Tag: strange but great...like Omar and Cedric, reminds me of 70's shows and movies

10. Coating of arms: loud, disorganized, mess, good...punk

11. Porfirio Diaz: Punk-Rock, Flamenco and melody...what else can you ask for?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Noah Smith on November 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
if you ask me, this album is their best. i have heard all thier other stuff (including relationship) but none of it seems to capture the live experience that is at the drive-in. apparently they aren't too fond of this record, and they recorded it while drunk and stoned, but i think that is maybe why it is so good. it's crazy, energetic, creative, inspiring, and totally original.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Barrett on September 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
All the songs this CD encompasses have a true identity; this gives them a surreal power, specially when you account for the low recording budget. This low-budget production-feel also gives the CD an endearing charm to the band; who contended with all their hardships and made a gem of an album who has the most heart and passion that I've heard in a band of this genre.

If you just gives the songs a chance you will come to the conclusion that this is a perfect album (you can neither add nor subtract to the overall experience, to emerge with a better result).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boon on October 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Right. You think At The Drive-In, you're gonna be pointed towards Vaya or In/Casino/Out. Acrobatic is just as good as, if not better than both of these releases. Don't get me wrong, both Vaya and In/Casino/Out are outstanding, but Acrobatic Tenement is one of those albums that grabs hold and doesn't let go. Songs like Schaffino and Communication Drive-In are a lot more punk-edged than newer stuff, but they still have a sense of depth and a "hummablity" that much of today's music lacks. Cedric's trademark vocal style is intact, retaining the intensity of ATDI's other work. This may not be the perfect introduction to At The Drive-In for new converts, but for fans of the band this is a must have album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Thompson on December 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an interesting album. When I first got into At The Drive-In a little over a year ago I didn't really care that much for this album. Over time though, this album has grown and grown on me until now when oddly enough it is now my favorite ATDI album.

The first spin of this album was a strange experience for me since I was used to ATDI's later material (ROC, Vaya) and The Mars Volta. I remember my initial thoughts being (1) it wasn't anywhere near as experimental or interesting and (2) it was a bit to emo for my tastes.

Over time though, I began to realize that even though it's not ATDI's most diverse or experimental album it is (to me) their best in terms of raw emotion and really showcases the bands talent behind all the effects. I became so infatuated with the album that I rarely put on any At The Drive-In album other than this one. Just listen to track like "Star Slight", "Initiation", "Ticklish", or "Portfolio Diaz" and tell me that this album isn't amazing.

You just have to listen to it in a different way than most other Cedric and Omar material because no, it's not really an experimental album and it doesn't rely so much on effects and the electronic side of their musical exploration. This album is a straight-ahead, no gimmicks, garage record with real emotion just bursting throughout the record.

Now, let me ask you: Is there anything more beautiful than that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Summers on February 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
'Relationship of Command' was my first taste of ATD-I - I suppose there is a multitude of people that have to say that - so upon first listen of 'Acrobatic Tenement', I was left somewhat bemused. The vox are unmistakable, but the surrounding sound is leagues away from 'RoC'. This impressed me greatly, for I believe that a band should always be trying to evolve their sound - creating new scapes all the time. ATD-I's catalogue can lay claim to this ability. This album is absolutely fantastic. Whereas 'RoC' bludgeons you into submission, 'Acrobatic Tenement' sublimely reaches into your sub-conscience and pulls a few strings here and there. 'Embroglio', 'Communication Drive-In' and 'Initiation' will stick into your soul, like a hot knife through butter. 'Songs like 'Ticklish' and 'Schaffino' force you to take repeated listens, as this whole album does. The best albums are usually those that take a few listens. Give this record it's deserving concentration and you will be enlightened. ATD-I's premature dissolution is maybe a good thing, because it would be an incredible shame if they were to release sub-standard albums after their 'Acrobatic Tenement', 'RoC' and 'In Casino, Out' records - that's not to say they would, but look at JSBX and 'Plastic Fang'. ATD-I have left us with an incredible legacy which will only grow as more people discover their ground-breaking records. Sparta and Mars Volta are pretty good as well!
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