10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings
Adams for Peace ,

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.

TXMOIL ,

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.

Super Drummer ,

Not that bad.

Maybe not Dismemberment Plan's best stuff, but there's argueably some really good tracks on here music-wise; and a few lyric-wise as well. Songs such as "Waiting," "Daddy was a Real Good Dancer," and "Mexico City Christmas," are the few examples of some fantastic songs. The rest however, they are either "ehh," or "Bleh." A good example of a "Bleh" song is "Let's go to the Dogs tonight." Idk. If Dismemberment Plan is right up your alley, I guess give this a try. If you've never liked Dismemberment Plan, this is more pop-oriented so you might like it. If you love Dismemberment Plan this will be a bit of a dissapointment but not a bad listen. I'm sorry to say this was the first album of their's I've ever heard, and there is so much better. At the end of the day though, it's not that bad. Worth a try.

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