The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #1 / 112
User Score
Based on 511 ratings
1999 Ratings: #13
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

96
Pitchfork

If you consider yourself a fan of groundbreaking pop, go out and buy this album right now. Now. Get up. Go.

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.
fakeplasticrose
90
I've never had many friends. In theory that doesn't matter to me, I can take care of myself for myself, I have music at least. I'm not around many people I have tons of common interests with, so logically I just keep myself to myself. However, there's a part of me. That part of me has this urge. An urge which will only ever be satisfied when everyone in the world considers me their best friend. It's currently nearing the end of summer break. The few people I currently consider "real ... read more
musicmagpie55
98
The Dismemberment Plan's Emergency & I is my favorite album of the late 90s. Travis Morrison's earnest vocals and paranoid lyrics capture the heightened anxieties of growing up in the digital age. It sounds like a Y2K fever dream as the band highlights our fears and reliance on a technologically connected culture. By blending the heavier edges of emo with inventive pop melodies, The Dismemberment Plan created an endlessly listenable, emotionally cathartic, and quintessential object of the ... read more
Supertartory
95
Paranoia is a big problem for me. I would call myself a very paranoid person, someone who worries about everything, catastrophises even. I panic a lot. On my first listen of The Dismemberment Plan’s Emergency & I, I felt that same paranoia thrown back at me, and I mean that in the best way possible.

“You dig down underground now
Through the soil, through the cooling clay
As the din fades above you
You're moving, you're secret, you're nowhere, it's all good”
This album is ... read more
Strangelightsyd
95
imagine giving this a 75 haha
haha ha...
Tielur
100
20 years on and it's nothing short of amazing.
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#1/Pitchfork
#8/Paste

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