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2009 self-titled debut album by the American Alt- Rock band. The entire album was recorded using a recording studio in the home of Pete Min, the band's producer. First single "Gasoline" was released on November 17, 2008, and second single "Sometime Around Midnight" was released on February 2, 2009.

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"Here's an LA five-piece with intimate lyrics and epic ambitions. Frontman Mikel Jollett has written for literary magazine McSweeney's and brings a literary dash and a cracked Bowie-esque baritone. Striking hard at lost love and mortality, imagine a poppier Arcade Fire, or Nick Cave fronting U2." -- Daily Telegraph

"Lyrics full of the best fiction's emotional resonance... tracing a historical line from The Strokes to The Killers, yet also marking this band's own great leap forward." -- Q Magazine 4/5

"One of the best new bands operating today." -- Alternative Press

"This self-titled debut album from the L.A.-based band will rock you with energetic guitars, haunting violins and melodic hooks at every turn." -- Newsweek

"Occasionally you get lucky and stumble across a band at the very moment they ignite the engines and blast off into the heavens. The Airborne Toxic Event just gets louder and richer until the music practically bursts at the seams and spills its steaming guts across the stage." -- NME

1. Wishing Well
2. Papillon
3. Gasoline
4. Happiness Is Overrated
5. Does This Mean You're Moving On?
6. This Is Nowhere
7. Sometime Around Midnight
8. Something New
9. Missy
10. Innocence

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B001V7UXCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By GusJona on August 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Seeing an old girlfriend in a club with another guy when the wounds are still fresh. Seems pretty mundane and basic, heh? This band cuts so deep to the core with it's music and lyrics and the ability to deliver both on such a visceral level that in "Sometime Around Midnight" we are reminded just how devastating such a simple sounding event really is when you are feeling the pain and licking the wounds of broken love, broken dreams, lost moments. It is in fact like the end of the world--- an Airborne Toxic Event---- and the emotional integrity and purity that this band delivers along with Mikel Jollet's intense and gripping vocals and lyrics have the remarkable ability to take this "simple" event, put us right in the middle of it, and remind us of just how big it really is. Unpretentious and simple in its production, yet every song is a well crafted integral piece of this album's quiltwork. Absolutley incredible, and so refreshing to hear a full album of art and substance. Every song makes its mark with an emotional integrity I haven't heard from an artist in a while. And the best part is that it has a very unique place in the music milieu, so it gets even better with each listen. Great record...I pre-ordered the vinyl also!! It just feels like a classic!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By W. Dietrich VINE VOICE on March 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I tell everyone that they have to hear the Airborne Toxic Event. They have the best debut album since the Killers and in my opinion they are even better. They are as good on cd as they are live!

I first saw this band on VH1 Nocturnal State, and was capitavated by the song Sometime Around Midnight. I went out and bought the album the next day, and was not disappointed. Every song was solid and performed with passion. I have bought 5 cds this week and this is the only one that I have played more than once. I strongly suggest you give this album a try...you will not be disappointed.

It has been several months since I posted this review and I have bought at least a hundred more cds. Hands down this is my favorite cd of 2008. It does not even compare to such media darlings as TV On the Radio. If you enjoy the ATE than I suggest you also look at the Nationals but otherwise the Airborne Toxic have their own unique sound and style. The songs are catchy and the lead singer has an intersting voice that is easy to enjoy. I tell people who ask me for a recommendation that you must get the AIrborne Toxic Event. It is a 5 star cd in my book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2009
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As title says, and other poster posted, the music is great, very passionate and moving, but the sound quality sucks!!! My wife who has great hearing says she likes the youtube version better (as compared to way too expensive hi-fi). That tells you something about the SQ.

I think the sound quality of the first 6 tracks ranks up there with Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bullocks...(on CD) as among the worst 10 in my 2,500+ collection. Sounds like it was engineered for youtube played through laptop speakers. Don't believe me, take a look at the waveform with an audio editor.

Music like this is the reason why kids think mp3s sound as good as the CD... Well yeah they do if the CD was engineered this bad to begin with.

Going back to the content. Hard to say anything bad. Just a great rock group with heart and ability to play. Drummer spanks. Violinist isn't a gimmick but offers true depth and emotion to music.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Blackburn on August 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If there is a better rock release in the last ten years, I want to know about it (maybe Green Day's last, but you can't compare these two). Ever since I heard Sometime Around Midnight on XM, I've been anxiously awaiting the release of their first full length LP, and it's now here. And it's brilliant. Every song holds its own, and elicits a different emotion. I have listened to it about 10 times since buying it (two days ago) and can't wait to get back in the car so I can put it on again.

Best overall songs: "Sometime Around Midnight" and "Innocence"

These two songs are sung with so much passion and emotion that you can't help but get sucked into their world.

Although I love every song on the disc, I want to make special mention of two more: "Missy" and "Gasoline." Wow. Missy tells this great story and speeds it up and slows it down when the story of the song calls for it, and it flat out works. By the time he starts belting out the lyrics behind the driving guitar and banging drums, toward the end of the song, I've got my car up to about 90 and I'm loving life!

I don't review music often, but I had to come on and make sure I helped contribute to the success of this album, as little help as this may be. It's really a brilliant, wonderful accomplishment.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bey VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
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I'm a big fan of indie music but I think the genre has become a bit too repetitive lately with too many bands attempting to sound like The Shins or Death Cab for Cutie. For those of you who feel the same you should definitely check out The Airborne Toxic Event. Singer Mikel Jollett has a very pleasant voice that is very fresh in a music industry that loves to mimic Chris Martin. The tracks on the self titled album are really different from each other yet still feel like they belong on the same album together.

The Airborne Toxic Event incorporates strings and pianos into some of their songs which adds another whole new depth to the album Some songs use strings and some don't but none of them sound the same. Personally I thought Sometime Around Midnight, Wishing Well, and Happiness is Overrated but the album really is a well diversified album. It may be their debut album but it feels like The Airborne Toxic Event matures a lot from the first track Wishing Well to the final track Innocence.

Music is all about finding what's next in the business. While I don't think The Airborne Toxic Event will perform well on the mainstream chart I think they will find their place amongst the indie and alternative fans. This is one band you don't want to miss.
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