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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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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.
I remember putting it in my cd player and turning it on. It was incredible. When I heard the opening mangled vocals of Starslight I could do nothing but drop my jaw. It was intense.
I soon fell in love with many of the other songs on the cd, including my favorite ATD-I song to this date- Initiation. The tracks Ticklish, Ebroglio, and Skips on the Record just fill my heart when I listen to them.
The lyrics, my god, the lyrics. "C is for contraction 30 minutes apart". What more can I say? What more can anyone say about this? It's absolutely brilliant. Along the rough and raw landscape of the record you find moments that just give you chills: "I had a friend who's heart was too heavy to hold, now there's blood on the median like a boat without oars"; "Your telephones the one that helped me wrap the cord around your neck you know you're beautiful when you're dead"; and the such.
I fully and whole-heartedly recommend this album to anyone who is looking for something that will mean a lot to them. I still remember the drive to Ocean City, passing the farm, with that hot hot humidity in the air while listening to Skips on the Record. At the Drive-In successfully made an album that fills the gaps and forms a soundtrack to my life; I hope it will do the same for you.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by John Quigley
wow, this cd brings back so many memories for me. i love it to death. 5 stars all the way...Published on April 21 2004 by David
This Band is awesome, best one around. And they don't sound like anyone else, really have a distinct sound from everything else. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by WhoDun Didit
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by No, YOUR mom
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Cynthia Rodríguez
This album is very different stylistically from At the Drive-In's other work. It is more mellow (on the whole) than their other full length albums. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002 by Andrew
Acrobatic Tenement is one of my favorite At The Drive-In albums, despite being their first. It has an excellent sound to it and shows the promising status the band had even at that... Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Audrey Chandler
Simply put this band rocks harder then pretty much any band out there. After reading these reviews I have noticed some big no no's, mainly comparing ATDI to other bands and then... Read morePublished on July 18 2002 by Mel
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