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Dismemberment Plan Audio CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore blast from The Plan's past June 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love the Plan's albums, listening to them is like going through old photos and realizing how much things have changed. But where many bands' earlier albums are their best and later ones less interesting, that's certainly not always the case. This musical 'baby photo' of The Plan, for instance, has all the earmarks of immaturity, from the muddy 'non-production' to the "kiss-my-axe-this-is-what-we-do" attitude of the band channeled through these raw, raucous and scatterbrained songs.
(don't expect any squeaky-clean J.Robbins production here!) But even 'back then', it's easy to recognize their unique approach to songcraft and catchy delivery. And while some of these songs can only be described as hardcore punk, not all of them sneer at you like Johnny Rotten and the Pistols - Travis and the boys throw in a little quieter introspection ("Rusty") and also some endearing TheyMightBeGiants- / Dead Milkmen-style humor ("Soon To Be Ex-Quaker"). Travis' singing was aahhhhem, 'not the greatest' back then, but I find this happy scrappy little CD to be one of my sentimental (with the accent on '-mental'!) favorites. And so must the band, because out of ALL their great tunes, guess which one they opened their Denver show on the 'Change' tour with? "Onward Fat Girl", from this here very CD! (Can you even IMAGINE a song titled 'onward fat girl' being anywhere NEAR 'Change'??! HA! This CD is priceless for its attitude alone!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough, Quirky, yet Oddly Catchy March 15 2002
By "gchs"
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster first effort for a great band Feb. 12 2002
By Arilitt
Format:Audio CD
This is the Dismemberment Plan's first full length release and it really shows. Its very crunchy and raw, and I have no problem with that, but Travis Morrison's voice sounds more like Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse than himself. The music is much more frantic than their more recent releases as well, it sounds like if you put Modest Mouse, Fugazi, and Jazz June together in a blender, and added in the musical oddities of the Dismemberment Plan.
This CD is obviously a must for hardcore Dismemberment Plan fans, but if you are just looking to check out the Plan you should probably buy Change or Emergency and I first. Those are the two best releases by this band, and are more likely to please someone who is giving the Plan a shot for the first time. However, if you are a hardcore fan this CD is a good way of seeing where the Plan has come from. It's certainly interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars roughly brilliant May 3 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While the Plan's later albums stray into a kind of wise-ass pop that is often less than satisfying, this is a real classic. "Survey Says" opens with the ugliest chord you've ever heard. The singer starts screaming, the rhythm section comes plowing in, and you're in noise rock heaven. It's a tough act to follow, but most of these songs are up to the task. There's a lot of casual venom in the lyrics ("OK Joke's Over," "I'm Going to Buy You a Gun") but they can be sincerely emotional as well -- "If I Don't Write" is a beautiful song. Most importantly, on "!" the Plan have yet to fall in love with their own melodic sensibilities. These songs can be very catchy, but they're never cute. Buy this if you like your rock 'n' roll served raw, loud, and honest.
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