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.