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It looks as if The Emergency & I is going to go down as The `Plan's magnum opus. Change is an excellent album, but it just doesn't compare to its predecessor; and that was a goddamn kick in the teeth at an end to a disappointing year.
So Change took a bit of getting used to. If it wasn't from The Dismemberment Plan it would have been much more accessible. The album sticks to its title, and if it weren't for the nearly perfect time changes and Travis Morrison's irreplaceable vocals (which easily place as best of the year) this could have been passed off as a new Desoto group.
Many a critic wrote this disc off before even giving it a fair shot. Just because, as NME puts it, "It's not nearly as catchy as (their) earlier works." That's true. It's not as catchy as their earlier works, it's not as zany, and it's not as manic. But Morrison's incredible lyrical prowess is even more open to express itself in the `Plan's new, more confined setting. The eerie accuracy in which events are described (especially when describing a lady friend getting sucked into the clouds in "The Face of the Earth") and the plain, non overly descript emotions of "Super Powers" and "Secret Curse" are so powerful yet free from pretense that they ring in the mind almost like Greek Poetry.
The calm spirit of the album makes its emotional bits (the few that there are) even more powerful.Read more ›
record has invoked the album's title to discuss the earth-shattering shift
that it represents away from the band's old sound. I find this quite
amusing, partly because I'm just amused at how much artists can shape
critical response to a record just by their choice of title, but mostly
because I doubt most reviewers would have harped on that aspect of the
release if it hadn't been for the title.
First of all, the elements that make the Plan one of the most distinctive
bands around are still firmly intact - clever, chiming guitar work;
complex and methodical but funky drumming; and head Planner Travis
Morrison's unmistakable dry, deliberate delivery. Certainly, there are
distinguishable differences between this and their last effort, 1999's
universally (and rightly) lauded "Emergency & I." For instance (as has
been most often commented on), this one is slightly mellower - that is,
nothing here verges on unlistenable the way "Emergency's" weakest link
"I Love a Magician" did.
Also, there's nothing as glorious and cathartic as "The City" or as
inane-yet-beautiful as "You Are Invited." And, arguably, this release
definitely finds the Plan continuing to distance themselves from their
brash and raucous early work (epitomized by "!," whose title is
unfortunately not pronounced as a Bantu click). But so what - what's so
mind-blowing about a group evolving their sound?Read more ›
One can try and label this band with a genre but why try? They have been labeled post-punk, emo, or avant garde, and I wouldn't necessarily say any of those comparisons are inaccurate, however by doing that you forget about the jazz, soul, and dance influences. To say they are a polka band would be inaccurate. If you are a true devoted fan of punk rock, "Change" is going to sound poppy and catchy and accessible, and a person might prefer an earlier album like "!". Your "average" radio listener is going to say they are weird. What I say is: Try a pair of headphones,turn up the volume, and reeally listen to the music. And who besides Travis writes lyrics like these: "...I'm an old testament type of guy/I like my coffee black and my parole denied yeah.....
Peace I'm out..........
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It is quite simple: The Dismemberment Plan were one of the best "indie" rock bands during the 1990's on the local scene in DC. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by NedK
Many bands have attempted to recreate the Dismemberment Plan's sound in the last couple years, but it's pretty hard to really do that considering the sound vastly changes from... Read morePublished on August 17, 2004 by Kate
This is one of the album that just confuses me. I know that Emergency and I is considered the better album, and in many ways i can agree... Read morePublished on November 29, 2003 by Michael Yerdon
"Change" may be filled with earnest, emotional songs, but it would be doing this album a great disservice to call it simply an "emo" or even "indie"... Read morePublished on October 17, 2003 by Wheelchair Assassin
I only heard a little bit of Emergency and I, but that little bit I heard didn't impress me very much. About a year later I was told that Change was very good. Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by Matt Nielsen
Whoa, what was i thinking when my brother asked me to listen to this album he owned. This album got big points off because i never seen this band on TRL. Read morePublished on November 6, 2002 by PunkRawkKing
Despite the calmer demeanor, Change is a very worth follow-up to the Plan's 1999 opus Emergency & I. Read morePublished on August 22, 2002 by Paul H.
This Dismemberment Plan album, on its surface, is another nice emo album with sincere reedy vocals and awkward but pretty guitars. Read morePublished on March 28, 2002 by Joseph Kugelmass
Everyone is talking about how the Dismemberment Plan is changing their style on this aptly-named album "Change." I have to disagree with that. Read morePublished on February 2, 2002 by S. Marth