Emergency & I


Emergency & I
Emergency & I
Studio album by The Dismemberment Plan
Released October 26, 1999
Genre Post-hardcore, Indie rock
Length 45:07
Label DeSoto Records
Producer J. Robbins and Chad Clark
The Dismemberment Plan chronology
The Ice of Boston (EP)
(1998)
Emergency & I
(1999)
Change
(2001)

Emergency & I is a 1999 album by Washington, D.C. indie band The Dismemberment Plan, issued on DeSoto Records. It was produced by J. Robbins and Chad Clark. Reviews for the album were generally very favorable.

On January 11th 2011, Barsuk Records reissued the vinyl edition of Emergency & I, which includes an oral history of the band conducted by The A.V. Club's Josh Modell.[1]

Contents

Background

In 1998, The Dismemberment Plan signed a record deal with Interscope Records. Emergency & I was recorded during the band's time with Interscope and was meant to be the first of the two albums they would record with the label.[2]

However, when Geffen Records and A&M Records merged into Interscope in 1999, Universal Music Group announced that they would cut numerous artists from Interscope.[2] The Dismemberment Plan were one of the artists affected by the cut. In turn, the band decided to release Emergency & I on their former label DeSoto Records.[3]

Track listing

All music composed by Travis Morrison, Jason Caddell, Eric Axelson and Joe Easley.

No. Title Length
1. "A Life of Possibilities"   4:34
2. "Memory Machine"   2:43
3. "What Do You Want Me to Say?"   4:18
4. "Spider in the Snow"   3:50
5. "The Jitters"   4:19
6. "I Love a Magician"   2:38
7. "You Are Invited"   4:52
8. "Gyroscope"   2:29
9. "The City"   4:26
10. "Girl O'Clock"   2:54
11. "8½ Minutes"   2:57
12. "Back and Forth"   5:07

"A Life of Possibilities", "What Do You Want Me to Say?", "Jitters" and "The City" are all also featured in remixed form on A People's History of the Dismemberment Plan with bonus tracks "Just Like You" and "The First Anniversary Of Your Last Phone Call" being on The Ice Of Boston EP.

Personnel

Reception and legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Consequence of Sound 5/5 stars link
One Thirty BPM 95% link
Pitchfork Media (10.0/10) [1] (2011)
PopMatters (10/10) link
Robert Christgau A- link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars link
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars link

Emergency & I has received mostly positive reviews.

Pitchfork Media gave the album a 9.6 out of 10 (they gave the reissue a perfect score of 10/10), with a short review that read simply, "If you consider yourself a fan of groundbreaking pop, go out and buy this album right now. Now. Get up. Go."[5] Ned Raggett of Allmusic wrote "The band's third full album is a firecracker, showing their at once passionate and sly approach to music—take in everything, put it back out, and give it its own particular sheen and spin—is in no danger of letting up."[6] In a retrospective review written in 2011, Zachary Houle of Popmatters wrote "Just in terms of a sheer personal enjoyment factor, I would almost argue the case for a new rating: the Spinal Tap-esque 11. Emergency & I is just a relentless record, full of youthful abandon and insightful penetrations into the technology-addled brain. I just can’t get enough of it."[7]

Emergency & I was ranked the best album of 1999 by Pitchfork Media and was ranked #16 on Pitchfork Media's "redux" version of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s list.[8][9] In addition, the website ranked the track "The City" #64 on their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990's[10]

References

External links

Emergency & I at Allmusic


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