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Acrobatic Tenement [Enhanced]

At the Drive-in Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great either April 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
ok this cd is not bad at all. compared to the others i dont think it would stand a chance. definately the worst out of what i own. and yet...its still great. the one thing that bugs me about it is the sound. it sounds like it was recorded in someones basement. the guitar is weak and the drums are to strong. my favorite song is starslight even though its really short. overall good cd. if your a true fan youd buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing April 21 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
wow, this cd brings back so many memories for me. i love it to death. 5 stars all the way...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acrobatic Tenement~Early ATDI>The first CD April 17 2004
By Loy
Format:Audio CD
The first ATDI songs I was introduced to was Sleepwalk Capsules, and One Armed Scissor from the album Relationship of Command-> So when I bought Acrobatic Tenement, I had a different sound in my head. I was delightfully suprised, and this is STILL one of the most listened to albums in my collection.
Most people are completly turned off by Acrobatic Tenement because it's the first ATDI cd they produced back in 1995-96 on Flipside records. The comment I hear the most is "This sounds nothing like relationship of command!" Of course it does'nt! This album is set apart from all the other ATDI albums, even the early vinyls. Every song is filled with energy and emotion. Lyrically the album is amazing. Track 3 Ebroglio->"I had a friend who'd loved to scare you, as was his affections, and tremble you did `cause you weren't worthy of his friendship."
Cedric and Jims vocals are mostly sung at full voice or screamed. They move each song through bridges and choruses smoothley withought seems. The guitars and bass aren't sharp and edgy like most are used to with punk. Of course ATDI, like the best bands out there, can't really be divided into any genre. Guitar licks are every thing from simple to complex. Nothing sticks out prominently. All the instruments fit together perfectly in this recording.
If you like ADTI's songs or have never heard them, this is a great starter album. Don't be turned of by their unique style. LISTEN to it. It will pribably grow on you. Many of the later ATDI albums have the same sound and style. This one stands out on it's own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Know What 'Emo' is, But I Like It! Feb. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars They Never get played out Feb. 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This Band is awesome, best one around. And they don't sound like anyone else, really have a distinct sound from everything else. Every song on this album is killer from 1 to 11, this is the perfect album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, passionate ATDI Nov. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a good beginning to a great band. This is what jump started Cedric Bixler to some great things. He has grown musically over each and every album. That doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to this cd, because it has some great raw sound. I do prefer the Relationship of Command sound.
That said, I'd highly recommend checking this cd out first, it's well written and orchestrated. Bixler is a musical genius. If you don't believe me check out Mars Volta.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Halcyon days Aug. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is GREAT. Very lo-fi, more emo than a teardrop and more punk than a green mohawk. You instantaneously transport to 1996, when emo/hardcore/punk/anything-that-is-popular-now was underground. Very underground. And the gigs only happened in little dungeons with people getting high and slamming. And when, before or after the show, you would buy the CD for five bucks from a band member, who blushed everytime you say they were deck. Days of innocence, fun for fun and party for party. No worries at all. There was no need for sex, because you felt great only with yourself and your friends, and the members of the opposite sex looked as if they were aliens from another planet. And you loved humans. This is an album to be happy and remember the good times, with excellent melodies, twisted-but-great lyrics and the always raw and honest voice of Cedric Bixler Zavala.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a legendary band Aug. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
With "Acrobatic Tenement", one could first see just where these guys were heading. The production value, chords, and song structures are much more minimalist than their later efforts, and their lyrics are not quite so esoteric, but that is far from saying it is not At the Drive-In, nor is it saying that it is not still an amazing CD. At this stage of ATDI's career, Cedric was not quite the incredible vocalist he turned into; I found that he did not enunciate well, and he never altered his style...never sang lower than his high-pitched wail, never whispered, never expanded his vocal horizons like he does on ATDI's later releases. Because of this, in addition to the poor recording quality, it can sometimes be hard to listen to. However, it is more than evident that At the Drive-In poured their heart and soul into this album. The guitars have a distinct warm sound, which you'll be able to hear on any of Amazon's samples, that coordinate beautifully on tracks such as Ticklish, Porfirio Diaz, and the end of Coating of Arms. Unlike future ATDI efforts, there is absolutely no distortion, which adds an interesting quality to the music, and proves just how powerful Cedric's voice can be: even with the clean guitars, there are extremely intense moments on this CD. Despite this, you can also find ATDI's token dischordant, somewhat sorrowful harmonies throughout the album. All in all, Acrobatic Tenement is a stellar beginning to an incredible career from these amazing Texans.
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