The Dismemberment Plan
Emergency & I [Vinyl Reissue]
Barsuk Records 
Fire Note Says: Essential record for your collection!
Washington, D.C.-based The Dismemberment Plan is easily one of the most under-appreciated bands in the land and Emergency & I is one of the best albums that people still know nothing about. Originally released in 1999, Emergency & I has slowly built a loyal fanbase over time, as it has been consistently hailed as one of the best albums in the 90's with its uniqueness. It goes where others did not dare with its shifting rhythms that could come at you from all different angles, such as their guitars, keyboards, and/or beats. The record had hints of jazz, while also charging ahead with sporadic noise bursts of punk and creating sophisticated arrangements that could always move on a dime. J. Robbins (Jawbox) produced the record and was the absolute right choice. Barsuk now has given the record its first-ever vinyl release on 180-gram audiophile-grade double vinyl, and packaged it in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with a giant full-color photo collage and some great in-depth liner notes from the all the band members, plus four rare bonus tracks. The extra tracks represent another good look at what the band was thinking at the time, as they all have the same general vibe but clearly they ended up on the cutting room floor because they do not rival the original Emergency & I material. Basically no matter what format you have this record in - you will be fine. It is an album that is well worth seeking out, as it is timeless and this vinyl package comes complete with a download which is a perfect way to go!
Key Tracks: "What Do You Want Me To Say?", "You Are Invited", "A Line Of Possibilities"
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony