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Ten years after its 2003 breakup and 12 years after its last album, The Dismemberment Plan returns and retains much of what made it a worthy band to consider in previous decades, all while sounding more relaxed and less skittish. The maturity here is natural for people 10 years older, but here it’s never at the expense of intensity or the sly weirdness that helped the band stand apart. There’s a quick, jaded wit to “Living in Song,” where the band relives its past by observing it from afar. “Lookin’” throws together a jocular flow, with note-perfect pop-harmony backing vocals and smooth keyboards remaining a steady constant behind lyrics that never sweat the small stuff. Nope; Travis Morrison, freed from solo duty, is having a blast with his sillier side on “Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer,” “Let’s Just Go to the Dogs Tonight," and “No One’s Saying Nothing,” where he’s found a computer that feeds him drugs when he hits the space bar. The other band members, sensing their leader’s engagement, play along affably.

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Now I Love the D-Plan..

But it doesn't seem like Travis Morrison is an inspired lyricist anymore. E&I was a crisis album, Change was a recovery. But now, with Uncanney Valley, Morrison is happily married, and the songs just don't have the same edge that they did in previous albums.

Sadly not what I remember

It is with the greatest disappointment that I write this review. I. Did. Not. Like. This. Album.
This is unfortunate as The Dismemberment Plan has remained one if my favorite bands for over a decade. I've never stopped listening to Emergency and I and I really wanted to enjoy Uncanney Valley but it simply isn't good. Not a single song stands out and the lyrics (which are what initially drew me in on their earlier albums) are lazy and sometimes just goofy. Like rhyming dictionary goofy.
If you haven't listened to the yet, skip it. Just pull out your old copy of Emergency and I and remember them as they were. Remember your ex from college that you had a total blast with and used to get stoned and go Taco Bell with? Don't you wish you hadn't met up with them years later to find out they were overweight and working part time at their dad's tile company? Uncanny Valley will give you the same feeling as that misguided meeting. Do not tarnish your good memories, skip this.

Uncanny Valley

From what I can gather, there may be a typo here. Uncanny is spelled without an "E." I don't know if it is supposed to have an "E" or not for the album, but you may want to look into that!


Formed: January 1, 1993 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

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

Washington, D.C.-based emo quartet the Dismemberment Plan -- frontman Travis Morrison, guitarist Jason Caddell, bassist Eric Axelson, and drummer Joe Easley -- debuted in 1994 with the single "Can We Be Mature?," signing to DeSoto to release the full-length ! in the fall of 1995. The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified followed a year and a half later, and after releasing 1998's The Ice of Boston EP on major-label Interscope, the group returned to DeSoto for 1999's Emergency & I. In early 2001, the Dismemberment...
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