The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1999 Ratings: #1 / 97
User Score
Based on 211 ratings
1999 Ratings: #8
October 26, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
DeSoto / Label
J. Robbins and Chad Clark / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

Though its influence on music at large has been difficult to chart, if we're to gauge a work's import by what it's meant to the people that come across it, Emergency & I is one of indie's key LPs.

100
Consequence of Sound
The Plan colors this record with 12 songs that serve as hitching posts for whatever ails you. Life medicine never sounded better.
100
Sputnikmusic
The album, ahead of its time to this day, used fairly standard rock instruments (keyboards, guitars, drums, etc.) to make something entirely new.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes

Emergency & I was and continues to be an absolutely stellar album.

95
Beats Per Minute

From beginning to end, Emergency & I showcases a balance between heartfelt emotion and biting wit in such equal measure, that no album by any of The Plan’s countless imitators can truly compare.

90
AllMusic
It can be late-night jazzy mood-out or sudden thrash, but the quartet handles all approaches with aplomb and creative arrangements to boot.
90
PopMatters

The Dismemberment Plan have made a masterpiece that the kids will be talking about and garage bands imitating for years to come. 

80
Rolling Stone
A link between the tense, complex emo-punk of Fugazi and Jawbox and the talky, preppy tunefulness of the Hold Steady and Vampire Weekend.
StellaTheDiver
98
Aggressive and passive, simple and complex, smooth and sharp, the only thing that doesn't contradict is that i love it.
amw100
89
the best Indie Rock album ive listened to yet
ZachLlor
87
Fantastic record. That's all I really have to say
itsyahboinoah
80
This is such a deranged indie record with its angular guitars, Morrison's cryptic lyrics,frantic singing and its orthodox musicianship. I can see many traces of influences running through this album but personally to me this doesn't hit me as hard as other indie-rock classics of its time. I still highly recommend to anyone who hasn't listen to this.

Fav tracks: What do you want me to say?, I love a magician, You are invited and Back and forth
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#1/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. A Life of Possibilities 
  2. Memory Machine 
  3. What Do You Want Me to Say 
  4. Spider in the Snow 
  5. The Jitters 
  6. I Love A Magician 
  7. You Are Invited 
  8. Gyroscope 
  9. The City 
  10. Girl O Clock 
  11. 8 1/2 Minutes 
  12. Back And Forth
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Added on: August 22, 2012