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Album Review

The New England trio Dispatch are back with their second full-length album, Bang Bang, a sharp collection of ten songs that is pleasing on all ends of the musical spectrum, from instruments to vocals to songwriting. Rarely does the record fall into a pattern, and instead Dispatch rotate their sound, from Guster-esque mellowness to the quick style of Sublime. And sometimes they make the transition within the same song. "Bats in the Belfry" is a perfect example of this musical mix, with the trombones and a Sublime-like tempo during the chorus, and a more mellow speed orchestrated perfectly by lead singer Brad Corrigan for the rest of the song. Conversely, the album's next track, "The General," performs the opposite by reserving the mellowness for the chorus and hitting the fast tempo right from the song's onset. The standout song on the album is, in fact, one of the simpler tracks. It's absent the percussion and other ska-influenced sounds that are abundant on the rest of the album. This by no means implies that these sounds don't work perfectly on the record, because they do, but "Two Coins" is special because it's just an acoustic guitar and vocals, in addition to pretty powerful lyrics. The original and ear-pleasing "Two Coins" marks a transition of sorts for the album, as the final three tracks are closer to rock and pop songs than ska songs. "Whirlwind" is far more musically diverse than the stripped-down "Two Coins." At just under five minutes, it's the record's longest track, and well worth the listening time. The album then concludes on a strong note with "Out Loud," which returns to the acoustic guitar in the lead and relies on Corrigan's wonderful voice, creating a song that certainly will be heard by the audience at any of Dispatch's live shows. Dispatch have identified themselves as a mainstay in the music world because of their diverse sound and willingness to experiment. Bang Bang has only allowed them to grow, and they should continue to do so in future efforts. [For the 2004 reissue on Universal Records, Dispatch substituted a 1996 live version of "Out Loud" for the original studio recording and added two bonus tracks: the haunting "The Way It Goes," from the same 1996 concert, and a first-take acoustic version of "Bats in the Belfy" that stretched the key song out to five and a half minutes.]

Customer Reviews

Great album from a Great Band

This is probably the best Dispatch album out there. It has a consistancy to it, but thats good, because its such a unique style of music. Dispatch seems to blend all of the best elements from Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Sublime, and so much more. The songs are full of energy, but easy to listen to. Theres high energy rockers (Here we go) to slow accoustic numbers (Two Coins) to the every popular "The General". Every song is a sing out loud classic. If you like this, check out All Points Bulletin, their live double album, for an overview of their carreer. If you havent heard of dispatch before now, you should definately check them out. They're a great band all around

Top Dispatch CD

Awesome CD containing some of the classics. Most of their songs are hits, the others are good enough to listen through their CD. Some people are a little confused about Dispatch .. they no longer are together. They broke up over a year ago, however, they did have a reunion concert last year .. check it out: "All Points Bulletin".


Dispatch is my idol-I hope you can apreciate them as much as I do. Also, if you like them, check out State Radio. State Radio was formed after Dispatch broke up.


Formed: 1996 in Middlebury, VT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New England jam band Dispatch was comprised of Brad Corrigan, Pete Heimbold, and Chad Urmston, who first grouped together while attending Middlebury College in Vermont. The young band debuted in 1996 with Silent Steeples and returned a year later with Bang Bang. Both albums displayed the trio's three-part harmonies and cheeky, college-friendly mix of Barenaked Ladies-style acoustic pop and folk-rock, with some reggae and funk influences tossed in for good measure. June 2000 saw the issue of Four-Day...
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Bang Bang [Remastered], Dispatch
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Jam Bands
  • Released: Jun 06, 2000

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