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Emergency & I
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Here's the drill. Believe the hype and stick with this CD; it takes several listens to get into it. Straight away, you'll be struck by a few songs, but overall the sound is so unusual, it can be off-putting. Don't give up-- albums like this continue to reveal something new each time you listen. Yes, it's a bit abstract, but there's a lot going on here. About half the songs are on the relatively accessible side-- pop music for a better, more creative world-- but the rest are dense, hyper-active and TENSE. There are loud-soft-loud passages, time and tempo changes, and out-of-tune keyboards furiously bleeping away, fronted by a singer who has a very appealing (if somewhat limited) voice. He comes across as sort of a sensitive spaz, joyously singing heart-breaking lyrics centered around some kind of a personal crisis (hence "Emergency & I").
What sealed the deal for me was seeing them live. You ever see a band that looks NOTHING like the picture in your head? This is 3 regular-looking slacker-dudes (probably college graduates) fronted by a dead-ringer for Hal Sparks from Talk Soup! You quickly realize this is his band, and this is his show. The singer has an awkward style, moves strangely, and just does not look like he should be fronting a rock band, let alone this one. Leaves you scratching your head wondering where in the heck his music comes from. However, he obviously feels an intense amount of joy when he performs these potentially awkward songs, which somehow makes it all work. I was just dumbfounded; this is one BRAVE guy.Read more ›
Compared to _The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified_, this is a considerably less wild n' crazy n' noisy album. There are still some pretty wacky tracks though: the brilliantly catchy and atonal rock of "Memory Machine", the mad rhythm-and-vocal freakout of "Girl O'Clock", and the short, dissonant and weird "I (love) a magician". The more 'normal' tracks (which are still brilliantly written and clever) adopt the band's intelligent use of synths and limitless supply of hooks. There's "You are Invited" is a charming anthem about self-acceptance, delivered with a cheesy synth-drum beat and vocal narrative. "The City" is also great, shuffling on its glistening high-hat beat and huge synth hook. "Gyroscope" is fiendishly catchy, with a snappy syncopated drum beat and a wicked hook in the chorus. "A Life of Possibilities" opens with clomping bass line and dynamic vocals, then goes to a chirping guitar line in the instrumental chorus. The song builds through its sections, always returning to its delicious main hook at the opportune moments, until the anthemic power-chord finale.Read more ›
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Never heard of this group,but when I listen to them on ytube,I had to download it. So many great underground/indie bands to discover. Read morePublished 23 months ago by eugene jones
First off, five stars for the music. I fell in love with this album more than a dozen years ago and it remains one of my very favorites among the thousands of albums I've listened... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by J.S.
I'm not going to delve into why it's great. It just is. So far I can listen straight through and not skip songs.Published on February 18, 2014 by Jaxsey X. Wells
The music is (of course) a great flashback to high school and I've wanted this album on record for years. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by R. K.
A great album, reissued on vinyl, with amazing sound quality! Must have for collectors and fans. A friend pointed out that this album had been reissues to me. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Trinity
If your favorite album is good, this album is super good. Like really really good. Buy it. Or don't. But if you don't, you're missing out on a good album.Published on September 20, 2013 by max donner
This album goes beyond frenetic into transcendent; beyond noise into bliss; beyond complex and into universal; beyond anxious into celebratory. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Sean G
Simply put, this album is amazing! I am a huge fan of both indie rock and prog rock and I must say that this CD balances the best of both worlds, yet manages to be relatively... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by BK
Every so often I listen to an album and everything just clicks. The vocals are perfect, the lyrics are frank, the percussion is tight, the lead guitar is inventive, and even the... Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by S. Bidwell