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The Dismemberment Plan’s third album saw indie rock’s slack nonchalance give way to panic-attack anxiety. The band’s post-hardcore guitar clang gets tangled up in buzzing synths, disco-punk twitches, and Travis Morrison’s rapid-fire absurdist rants. Even openly anthemic statements like “What Do You Want Me to Say?” are shocked with needling noise. But, far removed from its point of origin, Emergency & I remains a timeless manifestation of the urban young-adult experience, an album that makes you feel both vulnerable and invincible.

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One of the top rock albums of the 90s and all time

The Dismemberment Plan were easily one of the best and most interesting bands of our time. Though they disbanded after 2001's Change, their power can easily be seen in Emergency and I. Tracks like the blistering Gyroscope, fist-pumping What Do You Want Me to Say?, depressed Spider in the Snow, raving Girl O'Clock, and chill, reflective Back and Forth all raise the Plan into the upper echelon of rock. I could describe each track in detail (and have actually written an essay on Back and Forth, a song I consider to be one of the best ever recorded) but that would take more than my allotted space. Suffice to say, that Travis Morrison, Eric Axelson, and Joe Easley have won me over and deserve countless more fans than they currently have. Don't pass this one up.

Best CD I've ever purchased (though I did not buy it here)

If I was stranded on a island and could only bring one CD, this would be it. Its not for everyone, but its definitely for me.

Emergency & I

To keep this short, if you want an album with depth, variety and full of great melodies. Then 'Emergency And I' is for you! :)


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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