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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000BKBR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alpha Centauri
2. Chanbara
3. Hulahoop Wounds
4. Napolean Solo
5. Pickpocket
6. For Now .. We Toast
7. A Devil Among The Tailors
8. Shaking Hand Incision
9. Lopsided
10. Hourglass
11. Transatlantic Foe

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This is the first full length for this seminal post punk act and a must for any collection.

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I think when it comes down to it, when comparing to Acrobatic Tenement and Relationship of Command, this album gets a huge boost from the production. (or lack of?) You know, the indie rock aesthetic that you can't figure out why it's so pleasing but it is? This album not only has that at it's best, but it's got easily some of the best At the Drive-In songs. I think you could argue that In Casino Out starts a little slow, but "Hulahoop Wounds" gets things going quite nicely. This being followed by the excellent "Napolean Solo," "Pickpocket," and let's not forget "A Devil Among Tailors." Of course my favorite track is actually the closer, "Transatlantic Foe." Although I mentioned those songs, make no mistakes that the rest of the album is no slouch, (those first two songs included) but each song I listed just really does it for me.
Be sure to check out Vaya Ep if you like this. At the Drive-In continues to grow musically at that point and put out some of their best.
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In Casino Out is, in my opinion, one of the best rock albums of the 90s, and also one of the most overlooked. Few people know of At the Drive In (I didn't even find out about them until about a year ago.) And even less have heard any of their music. But from those who do, the general consensus is that At the Drive In deserved much more than it got. While I'm sad to see the band go, I hope that Sparta and Mars Volta can be as good as ATDI. Here's my thoughts on this album, song by song:
Alpha Centauri - 6/10 - dissonant, a weak start.
Chanabara - 8/10 - things start to pick up, but at times its just weird (and not in the good way.)
Hulahoop Wounds - 10/10 - I love this song. One of ATDI's best.
Napoleon Solo - 10/10 - another great song. NOT a solo though.
Pickpocket - 10/10 - my favorite ATDI song, ever.
For Now We Toast - 9/10 - good song, great chorus.
A Devil Among the Tailors - 7/10 - strange, but overall, OK.
Shaking Hand Incision - 6/10 - a bit of a departure from ATDI's style, which doesn't really work.
Lopsided - 10/10 - a great song, not sure what to classify it as, other than excellent.
Hourglass - 8/10 - good, but lacking greatness. Deliberately has a feeling of loneliness attached to it.
Transatlantic Foe - 9/10 - a medium song with patches of fantasticness.
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More punkish, raw, and unpolished than Vaya and Relationship Of Command, IN CASINO OUT is a quintisential release by At The Drive-In that shows them jamming with disregard of any standards, just trying to expand the human conciousness thru a little bit of indie rock...
The lyrics (which I think are largely contributed by vocalist Cedric Bixler) are an awesome mixture of either highly imaginative stream-of-conciousness or cerebral politics, often being combined together in songs such as "Napoleon Solo" (where an overwrought Bixler sings "March 23rd hushed the wind the music died/17 embalmed and caskets lowered into the weather/If you can't get the best of us now it's cuz this is forever", and you feel like he's talking about some great injustice) and "For Now...We Toast" (a tale about escaping jail with the catchy chorus "dig just a little bit/the camp is fast asleep/library laundrymats/inside the dirty sheets"). "A Devil Among The Tailors" is catchy, dark, and seems to intertwine details of John F. Kennedy's assasination with sweet bee imagery (the chorus is "all sweet and honeycombed" but it also includes some memorable quotes like "stick your tongue on the north pole" and "a sweet cavity in Havanna captivity").
Musicwise the style is primarily emo-punk but don't write them off as another pseudo-political copyof of Fugazi...they mix this style with latin (best exemplified in "Chanbara" which could've easily been a single or video, and on the ep VAYA with "Rascuache"), techno (certain electronic beats and synths pop up here and there, more so on VAYA and RELATIONSHIP OF COMMAND), and other styles are melded into their indie sound unknowingly.
If you're looking for some straitforward transcendant bliss, look no further...
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More refined than Acrobatic Tenement and without Ross Robinson's influence on Relationship of Command, In Casino Out is the quintessential release of At the Drive-In. An extremely raw and jagged album, In Casino Out is a true feel for the now-legendary band At the Drive-In, showing their punk rock roots and increadible ability to write driving, akward melodies.
In comparison to their other releases, In Casino Out is one of their best and most honest releases. While Relationship of Command is an excellent release under any standards, Ross Robinson's influence on the band made it more aggressive and smooth than any other release, a sign of a good producer. In Casino out, however, is as powerful, or more powerful, than the latter. Songs like "Chanbara" rely greatly on the proficiency of the two guitarists and their unique styles of playing, while a song like Alpha Centauri deals greatly with their ability to change the tempo of the song in between segments of it. The band's full ability can be seen on this record, not yet polished yet unrestrained and at their cataclysmic best.
This cd is my personal favorite out of all the releases, smoking the competition and providing a great staple of the sound of rock to come. Pick up a copy if you are already familiar with the At the Drive-In sound
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