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Product Details

  • 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Format: Audio CD
Simply put this band rocks harder then pretty much any band out there. After reading these reviews I have noticed some big no no's, mainly comparing ATDI to other bands and then trying to catagorize them. It is impossible to do ATDI can't be catagorized they are pure and original somthing that has been lacking in recent rock bands. They are in no way shape or form like incubus (incubus blows by the way) ... Then there is the whole their lyrics make no sense thing. This is true (I think it's more Cedric showing off his expansive vocab), not that this is a bad thing because most bands who's lyrics do make sense tend to come off like they are complaining. I really enjoyed this cd like I did every other ATDI cd. This band deems not to take the road most taken in rock (i.e. bands that have singers who sound like eddie vedder from peral jam)and instead carves their own trail, all though it is noted that this trail lead to the break up of atdi. Yet all is not lost for now we have Sparta and Mars Volta two bands that rock almost as hard as ATDI. I recomend this cd to anyone who hates what they hear on the radio I would not recomend this to anyone who thinks that stained blink 182 or incubus is the future of rock.
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