This being the Dismemberment's Plan first release, it's easy to simply write it off as one of those awkward, unsure first attempts that doesn't hold a candle to their later work ("Pablo Honey" anyone?). However, despite (or because of) the caustic guitars, the frantic drum work, and half sung, half screeched vocals, the Dismemberment Plan's first record "!" is actually an insanely good record. Things start off with the venomous 'Survey Says', with Travis screaming like his life depended on it. 'OK Jokes Over' also hits on the same mark. Granted, they do sound a little bit like Brainiac, yet they still manage to put their on spin upon it. Time changes veer guitars from one point to another like a speeding car, drumming hits hard and fast, and Travis alternates from the sing-songy talk to an all out screech. They even change the mood up a bit with the shimmering 'If I Don't Write' and the half instrumental, half song 'Rusty'. Obviously, this record is not for the faint of heart, yet, hardcore fans will definetly want to pick this one up, if not for the music, than at least for posterity.