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Acrobatic Tenement Enhanced

4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 26 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sonic Unyon Records
  • ASIN: B00068NVGQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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1. Star Slight
2. Schaffino
3. Ebroglio
4. Initiation
5. Communication Drive-In
6. Skips On The Record
7. Paid Vacation Time
8. Ticklish
9. Blue Tag
10. Coating Of Arms
11. Porfirio Diaz

Product Description

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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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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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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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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By A Customer on June 13 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD when I was 14, a few weeks before I went to Ocean City, Maryland with my mom and my sister. We had been taking this vacation for years, on or around the fourth of July.
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.
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